It never died, but it got pretty sick
Cod closure changed Northern Peninsula forever
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.
Dan Reardon in front of the Viking Mall parking lot, where 25 years ago he was protesting the cod moratorium.