Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland
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Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland

During the early 1990s, when cod stocks in Western Newfoundland were on the brink of extinction, a moratorium on fishing caused the “largest mass layoff in Canadian history” and threatened the cultural fabric of coastal communities reliant on the ocean for their livelihoods.

Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in multi-media format and in partnership with artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets.

The second installment in this series focuses on Western Newfoundland, a region in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, and the significance of the fishing industry to its local economy and culture. During the early 1990s, Newfoundland cod stocks were at the brink of extinction. A moratorium was placed on cod fishing in Newfoundland, an action which resulted in the “largest mass layoff in Canadian history.” Told through text, interviews, illustrations, and short videos, The Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland explores several facets of these coastal communities, and the way their lives, communities, and livelihoods have been shaped and impacted by overfishing, policy, and regulation.

The full text of the article from Western Newfoundland, Canada, including videos and illustrations, can be viewed at the Curse of Geography website along with previous reportage from La Mosquitia, Honduras.

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Sidd Joag is a visual artist, journalist and producer working on issues closely related to social inequality and human rights, and the managing editor at ArtsEverywhere.

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Rebecca Peeler is a New York City based freelance journalist who has reported on issues addressing health, environmental, and social concerns. She is currently pursuing a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has allowed her to explore the idea of holistic remedies and how they serve and function in our society.

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German Andino is an award-winning Honduran animator and journalist. He is co-producer of the Bidi Bidi Media Lab.
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