It never died, but it got pretty sick

Cod clo­sure changed North­ern Penin­sula for­ever

The Compass - - Sports - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS THE NORTH­ERN PEN

NORTH­ERN PENIN­SULA, NL – More than 1,500 peo­ple had gath­ered at the Viking Mall park­ing lot in St. An­thony on June 16, 1992.

Fish­ers, plant work­ers, busi­ness­peo­ple and res­i­dents of all back­grounds, from the tip of the North­ern Penin­sula, to­gether, uni­fied in their con­cern about the un­cer­tain fu­ture of the north­ern cod fish­ery.

With two cas­kets planked firmly on their shoul­ders, a group of fish­er­men led the way as demon­stra­tors marched on West Street. The pro­ces­sion sym­bol­ized the death of the fish­ery.

At that time, fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter John Cros­bie had only in­di­cated that a re­view of the north­ern cod would take place in early July. But the writ­ing was on the wall.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN PHOTO

Dan Rear­don in front of the Viking Mall park­ing lot, where 25 years ago he was protest­ing the cod mora­to­rium.

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