Poaching eggs is one thing but poaching on the sea has been a long time problem in Newfoundland. There are air and sea patrols to monitor, prevent, and eventually arrest the violators. It is not something taken lightly. But and not surprisingly it is a global issue. Wherever money, however small, can be made, theft […]Read More It’s illegal, dangerous, and it still goes on.
After the 1992 moratorium on cod fishing was enacted, over 40,000 fisherman lost their livelihood – in one day! Never to come back. The fisherman then turned to lobstering and shrimping as a way to partially recover some of the lost income. As cod fishing, it was hazardous as well. Not only was the actual […]Read More “You know it ain’t easy…” adding insult to injury.
It’s not bad enough that over-fishing has decimated the cod stocks among other edible fish, but careless fishing is endangering other species as well.There are solutions, but is anyone interested? The drive for commerce and the ensuing revenue are wreaking havoc worldwide and not too many seem to care. This report from Oceana addresses this […]Read More Those who forget the past…
For this entry, I considered renaming the blog, “Any fish but this fish.” GMO fish have much to consider, but not much of it is good. Were we better stewards, this would not have become an issue, but we are a hungry planet. Can Soylent Green be far behind? photo by Jenny Downing Genetically […]Read More Today – Any fish, just not this fish.
In my book, Arn? Narn., I document what has happened to rural Newfoundland because of the collapse of the fishing industry. That happened in 1992 and nothing has really changed since then. Reading the following article begs the question, “So why hasn’t anyone learned anything from that?” This is from The Telegram in St. Johns, […]Read More What will it take to learn some lessons?
I really hope this comes to Discovery Channel in the US. ‘Cold Water Cowboys’ puts spotlight on Newfoundland By Steve Tilley (Cold Water Cowboys/Facebook) It says something about Newfoundland’s legendary hospitality that when fishing boat captain Richard Gillett is talking to a reporter from the mainland – as those on the Rock refer to the […]Read More Cowboys from Newfoundland.
This was posted by the CBC on February 9, 2014. It seems nothing has changed yet everything is changing. Baker | Cod: The great mystery By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT Last Updated: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT In recent years, cod has accounted for about $10 million in […]Read More So, now what?
This is from an article on the Discovery Channel’s website. It underscores what is a still growing problem in over-fishing already decimated fish stocks. Tasty Fish Grow Smaller in Warming Ocean by Tim Wall Fish sandwiches may be skimpier in the future as the planet’s oceans continue to warm. Biologists measured progressively smaller average lengths […]Read More I don’t want to say I told you so, but…
One of the elements in writing a book such as Arn? Narn is that I believed I remain responsibly informed about the current situation. As I continue to talk about Newfoundland, I’m asked some of the same questions repeatedly, primarily “Will the cod come back? And if so, what would happen?” This is an article […]Read More Things not likely.
In 1992, the Canadian government shut down the fishing industry in Newfoundland for 10 years in hopes that the fish would come back. When they revisited it in 2002, they found the fish stocks were in worse shape than at the outset of the moratorium. It is now in place permanently. And apparently, outside of […]Read More Lest you think…
Twenty-one years ago, when the Canadian government enacted a moratorium to cease cod fishing, an entire industry and way of life was wiped out. 40,000 jobs gone, just like that. In that first ten year period of the moratorium which is still in effect eleven years later after the original cutoff date, 20% of the […]Read More Enough is enough.
Now that the holidays are mercifully behind us, we can get back to our everyday routines no matter how mundane they may be. If you’re lucky, and I believe I am, mundane is not a word you usually use to describe your days. With that in mind, my effort to get exposure for Arn? Narn. […]Read More Game on…
Throughout the process of getting Arn? Narn. ready to come to market, I joked about it becoming a film. Even casual acquaintances asked if it would be made into one. My joking reply was that I would have to have approval over who portrayed me. Brad Pitt is too young. Donald Sutherland too old. Maybe […]Read More Soon to be a major motion picture.
Sponsor: And now we return to our regularly scheduled interview – I. You mentioned that the cod, Newfoundland’s largest source of revenue, were gone and the affect it had on the island’s population. B. Yes, that’s right. The fish stocks had fallen off before, but certainly not to the precipitous levels that they reached in […]Read More Exclusive, first time ever, interview… with me. Part 2.
Interviewer: Hello and welcome to this exclusive interview with the author and photographer of the book “Arn? Narn.”, Bruce Meisterman. Thanks for coming here today Mr. Meisterman. (ossipeevalley.org) Bruce: Thank you. I’m very happy to be here with you and please, call me Bruce. I: OK then,… uh – Bruce. How did you come up […]Read More Exclusive, first time ever, not seen on any cable networks, other blogs, or even tweeted about yet… imaginary interview. Part 1.
Currently indigenous to Newfoundland are moose, caribou, salmon, and some remaining cod. There are no naturally residing canaries on the island. However, in this case, the island itself was the canary. Why is Newfoundland important? In much the same way the canary in a coal mine is important. That bird is an early warning of […]Read More Canary in the global coal mine.
OK, if I was to start a new career, I don’t think it would be as a fisherman. No, that requires real work, long hours, danger, a tremendous amount of uncertainty, harsh weather, roiling seas, low wages, and oh, did I mention danger? In a line from the film “The Shipping News”, Billy Pretty explains […]Read More It’s hard out there for a…fisherman.
A sportscaster once said of his departure from ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut studio that the best thing about working there was seeing it in his rearview mirror. That is exactly the opposite of how I felt as I prepared to return home after two incredible weeks in Newfoundland. I wished it were still before me through […]Read More In the rearview mirror…figuratively.
New Year’s Eve in a shanty sounds a lot worse than it really is. Shanty doesn’t have the same connotation in rural Newfoundland as it does in the States. A shanty is the small building/house/cabin on the coast used by fishermen as a residence when going to and coming from the sea. It is for […]Read More Man Cave by the sea.
There used to be only the Big Three automakers – Ford, GM, and Chrysler. That was it. None of the others that populate our driveways today were in sight back then. Life it seems was much simpler then. This is a Ford. So imagine my surprise when I heard about fjords. I was certain some […]Read More There’s a fjord in your future.
On the western coast of Newfoundland, I drive through such towns as Cow Head, Sally’s Cove, Three Mile Rock, (not to be confused with the atomic town in Pennsylvania), and Spudgels Cove. (Who was Spudgels that he was important enough to have a cove named after him?) Each one of these has it’s own personality […]Read More Lobsters and a screw cap.
from Living Planet, St. John’s, Nfld. “Free Newfoundland” is not a coupon or a buy one, get one free deal. It was a light-hearted marketing piece that touched a few nerves. The “Free Newfoundland” (my quotation marks) movement isn’t a movement per se like the the very real separatist group in Quebec. Rather it is […]Read More Free Newfoundland!
Pretty much every culture has a way of maximizing their foods and recycling heretofore inedible scraps of food detritus. And if it’s a fancy restaurant, they’ll give it a posh name and charge dearly for it. How else could one explain veal cheeks? Please do not confuse this with cod cheeks; the concept is the […]Read More Scrunchions and my new BFF.
A one cent postal stamp. This is the biggest fish story ever and it’s all true. Really. For over 500 years, cod reigned supreme in Newfoundland. Cod was so plentiful that it was thought that it would never run out. This fish was what the Newfoundland economy was based upon. It, as much as the […]Read More Cod almighty!