The Resilient Outport Ecology, Economy, and Society in Rural Newfoundland Edited by Rosemary E. Ommer
ISBN 0-919666-83-3 360 pp.
Was the groundfish fishery facing commercial and perhaps biological extinction? It was feared so in 1992 when the federal government declared a moratorium on the northern cod fishery in the waters off Newfoundland. As further moratoria followed, the unspoken consensus seemed to be that the outports, along with the cod fishery, had become unsustainable. This raised similar questions about cold-ocean coastal environments more generally.
At Memorial University an interdisciplinary team of social, natural, and health, and education scientists studied the sustainability of cold-ocean coastal communities, centring on Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula and the Isthmus of the Avalon Peninsula. Research began in 1994 to uncover what had precipitated the collapse of the groundfish stocks in the northwest Atlantic. An exploration of the past failures and strengths of rural Newfoundland communities, in terms of both human capital and natural resources, pointed to what future? The Resilient Outport contains the main findings of the team in a series of connected interdisciplinary chapters that present both the methodology of working in large interdisciplinary teams and an account of the roots of environmental crisis, from archaeological time to the present.
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