Medium: Salt Dry Cod,
Envirotec Finish, Wood, Oil Stain,
Rope, Monofilament Line,
Nails, Hooks, Lead
If by chance the laminated salt dry cod decomposes
over the years, not expecting that they will, the
artist will replace them with 5 more fish, free of charge.
Size: 72" x 28" x 5" (Stool Mount)
72" x 60" x 5" (Wall Mount)
Weight: Approximately 45 lbs
Price: $30,000.00 Taxes Included
Outport Newfoundland has always looked to the sea for a
living. But with the collapse of the Atlantic cod fishery in the early
nineties, the shutdown was soon known as the largest lay-off in
Canadian history, displacing some 40,000 fishermen and fishplant
workers. With the original 5 year compensation package, some
50% of fishermen and fisherwomen were given the grim news that
they would have to leave the industry to find employment
elsewhere. A number of fisher folk opted for early
retirement, others would change careers. Fishing boats,equiptment
and fish stores were put up for sale. The 1.9 billion dollar fishery
compensation package, TAGS (The Atlantic Groundfish Strategy
Program) ended but the cod fishery was still closed.
Since the cod closure, Outport Newfoundland has seen an outward
migration of thousands of it's people to the mainland of Canada
looking for meaningful work and career opportunities. The oil
fields of Alberta are alive with retrained Newfoundlanders,
homesick and heartbroken.
Will the cod ever come back? It is now some 17 years since the
initial shutdown and opinions vary, depending on who you
ask. Fishermen will tell you there are plenty of healthy codfish
swimming in the harbors, coves and bays, all around
Newfoundland, especially in areas where draggers did not drag the
bottom. The latest DFO scientific study says there are now only 2
percent of cod in the waters around Newfoundland as there were
in the 1960's. Today there is a limited commercial cod fishery for
small boat fishermen, approximately 3000 pounds per week for 3 or 4 weeks.
There is also a recreational Food Fishery for all Newfoundlanders
for a couple of weeks during summer, a 5 fish per day quota.
The hooks used to fish or jig for cod has changed over the years
but the traditional 2-claw lead jigger has always been the
favourite. But the Department of fisheries and Oceans up in
Ottawa, banned the 2-claw jigger when they decided to open up
the summer Food Fishery. They contended that this double hooked
jigger was snagging and damaging to many cod, thus increasing
the mortality rate of a now troubled fish stock. So we were forced
to saw off, using an axe saw, one claw from the traditional lead
jigger to make it a legal hook. What a bunch of B.S. So what most
folks use today is a one-claw jigger with two so called Feather
Hooks attached up the line, just a few feet above the jigger itself.
Variations of this jigging assembly are allowed, but a maximum of
three hooks per jig is the law.
During the summertime, many Newfoundlanders take part in
the so called FOOD FISHERY or RECREATIONAL COD
FISHERY during open-season. Those who are successful,usually
split or fillet, then salt and dry about half of their catch, ending up
with a supply of 'dry fish' in the freezer for the winter. The other
half of their catch is usually frozen as 'fresh fish'.
'Dry Fish' has always played a very important part in the
Newfoundland diet. A dinnertime favourite, served up with boiled
potatoes and hard bread, all topped off with a generous coating of
fried onions and salt pork scrunchins and grease. The 'stopper' or
desert for this style of fish dinner, would be a mug of tea
accomplied with a thick slice, or two, of buttered molasses
bead. A meal fit for a King.
The Bible tells us that fish was a staple in the diet where Jesus Christ grew
up and did most of his teachings. One of the early symbols of Christianity
was the outline of a fish but it was not so widely recognized as the cross.
KING COD, the most important fish in the history of
Newfoundland. Mark Kurlansky, in his paperback book titled,
COD, published in 1997, refers to cod as 'the fish that changed the