The Newfoundland Cod Stock Collapse: A Review and Analysis of Social Factors

  title={The Newfoundland Cod Stock Collapse: A Review and Analysis of Social Factors},
  author={Fred Mason},
  journal={Electronic Green Journal},
  • Fred Mason
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • History
  • Electronic Green Journal
In 1992, the once abundant cod stocks off the coast of Newfoundland collapsed and a moratorium was placed upon fishing them. This paper provides a review of a range of social and political factors that were implicated in the collapse of the stocks, including overfishing, government mismanagement, and the disregard of scientific uncertainty. The collapse is considered in terms of the "tragedy of commons theory" of resource exploitation, and the inevitability of overuse that the theory implies… 

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