Cod Resurgence

Newfoundland’s cod industry poised for a rebound.

Project Summary
For hundreds of years, the waters around Newfoundland were alive with cod. Canada’s cod stocks were legendary around the world, and cod was a mainstay of the local economy.

In the 1990s all that changed. After years of overfishing, cod stocks on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador drastically declined, and in 1992 a moratorium was imposed, effectively putting an end to commercial cod harvesting in that area. Over 30,000 jobs were lost, and coastal communities were devastated. It was the single largest lay-off in North America during the 20th century.

For about 25 years, the future of this once abundant cod stock was grim. However, in 2006, scientists began to witness a slow and steady trend in stock growth in some areas.

To ensure this recovery continues and is scientifically monitored, WWF Canada and the Fish, Food, and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-UNIFOR), representing 9,000 fish harvesters and processing workers in the fishing industry, agreed on April 28, 2015 to launch a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) to enhance rebuilding efforts, and help restore this iconic fishery for the benefit of nature and people alike.

Evermaven produced a photographic portfolio of this compelling narrative to help share the story through special edition publications in collaboration with WWF-Canada, Canadian Geographic Magazine, and The Walrus.

WWF-Canada is one of the country’s leading conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. The Canadian Geographic Magazine is one of Canada’s most award-winning magazines that uses stunning colour photography, fascinating articles, and specially commissioned stories to explore Canada’s people and cities, wildlife and wilderness, and the history and beauty of the country. The Walrus is a Canadian general interest magazine with an international outlook.