Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities - International Symposium
October 1-4, 2012 - Town Hall, Norris Point, NL

Symposium Background

An international symposium, Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities, was held in Bonne Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 1-4, 2012. Bonne Bay is in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Newfoundland, and the home of Memorial University's Bonne Bay Marine Station.

The Rebuilding Symposium took place 20 years after the collapse of several groundfish stocks in Eastern Canada. Despite a broad array of interventions, including government investments, prolonged moratoria, reduced quotas and industry restructuring, the fish stocks, adjacent communities and the industry as a whole remain vulnerable. In many rural communities of Newfoundland, people have been forced out of the industry, temporary and permanent outmigration of people from fishery dependent families continues and, despite efforts to diversify, the local economies remain weak.

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