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This animated short film describes the 1992 cod moratorium from the perspective of a fifth-generation fisherman. It highlights the events leading up to the decision by the Canadian government to close down the cod fishery and the social and economic fallout on the Newfoundland fishing communities directly impacted. Originally intended to last for 2 years, the moratorium remains in largely in place today. This compelling story provides a clear example of the human tragedy that can result from unsustainable development. It is also a story of human will and perseverance.
This resource offers a compelling case study of the social consequences of resource depletion and environmental degradation. It will effectively support sustainable development outcomes in a range of middle level and high school geography, social studies and science courses.
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