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Managed Annihilation

An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Managed Annihilation

An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse

The Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery was once the most successful commercial fishery in the world. When it collapsed in 1992, many pointed to failures in management, such as uncontrolled harvesting, as likely culprits. Managed Annihilation makes the case that the idea of natural resource management itself was the problem. The collapse occurred when the fisheries were state-managed and still, two decades later, there is no recovery in sight. Although the collapse raised doubts among policy-makers about their ability to understand and control nature, their ultimate goal of control through management has not wavered and has been transferred from wild fish to fishermen and farmed cod.


Table of Contents

Foreword: This Is More Difficult Than We Thought / Graeme Wynn

Preface

1 A Sea Swarming with Fish

2 The Birth and Development of Cod Fisheries Management

3 Success through Failure: The Expansion of Management after the Moratorium

4 Socio-Ecological System Description of the Cod Fishery

5 From Managing Fish to Managing Fishermen

6 Managing Cod from Egg to Plate

7 Articulating Management into Cod Fisheries

8 Alternatives to Management and Managerial Ecology

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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