The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada's Grey Seal

by Linda Pannozzo

Fernwood Publishing | October 3, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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In the early 1990s the collapse of the Atlantic groundfish stocks signaled the destruction of life in the seas, but it also threw 40,000 people out of work, unraveling the very fabric of rural life throughout Atlantic Canada. Twenty years later, even after fishing moratoriums and limited directed fishing, the cod have not recovered and some stocks are on the verge of biological extinction. The fishing industry, politicians and government scientists blame the growing population of grey seals a species that had up until the 1970s been severely depleted and argue that a large-scale cull of the population is needed to save the cod. In The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Linda Pannozzo finds that the truth is much more complex and that the seals are scapegoats for the federal government s mismanagement of the cod stocks, deflecting attention away from the effects of global warming and the continued use of destructive fishing methods. The collapse of the cod, its failure to recover and the recent recommendations for large-scale grey seal culls are stark reminders of how fisheries, science and public policy are increasingly estranged from each other.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.27 in

Published: October 3, 2013

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552665860

ISBN - 13: 9781552665862

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The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada's Grey Seal

by Linda Pannozzo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.27 in

Published: October 3, 2013

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552665860

ISBN - 13: 9781552665862

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In the early 1990s the collapse of the Atlantic groundfish stocks signaled the destruction of life in the seas, but it also threw 40,000 people out of work, unraveling the very fabric of rural life throughout Atlantic Canada. Twenty years later, even after fishing moratoriums and limited directed fishing, the cod have not recovered and some stocks are on the verge of biological extinction. The fishing industry, politicians and government scientists blame the growing population of grey seals a species that had up until the 1970s been severely depleted and argue that a large-scale cull of the population is needed to save the cod. In The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Linda Pannozzo finds that the truth is much more complex and that the seals are scapegoats for the federal government s mismanagement of the cod stocks, deflecting attention away from the effects of global warming and the continued use of destructive fishing methods. The collapse of the cod, its failure to recover and the recent recommendations for large-scale grey seal culls are stark reminders of how fisheries, science and public policy are increasingly estranged from each other.
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