Get­ting po­etic about our her­itage

The Compass - - OPINION -

with the re­moval of our coastal way of life. A mora­to­rium which ex­on­er­ates for­eign fleets from its de­struc­tive in­volve­ment on our fish and per­mits their con­tinu ed ac­cess t o o u r e n dan­gered re­sources.

No more are our hearts at one with the tides of the sea, no more is the bread of life in our right hand or our hands filled with the over­flow of what the sea once pro­vided us with in abun­dance.

In­stead, our prov­ince is frag­mented and sep­a­rated by the bot­tom line of cor­po­ra­tions, the col­lab­o­rat­ing mon­e­tary out­stretched hands of union, the iso­lated niches of big fish­ers, the timid voices of com­mu­nity coun­cils and gov­ern­ments my­opic at­ten­tions to present day events.

And so the story of our fish­ery is no longer told by hu­man veins and pulses or the eter­nal path­ways of fire known by our sea­far­ing fore­fa­thers, but is told in­stead in a strange lan­guage — over­ca­pac­ity, MOU, ra­tion­al­iza­tion, NAFO, DFO and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Phil Earle Car­bon­ear

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