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Managed Annihilation
An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse
Dean Bavington  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/20/2010
ISBN: 9780774817479    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774817486    

224 Pages

Nature | History | Society series


About the Book

Winner, 2011 Clio Prize – Atlantic, Canadian Historical Association

Outstanding Jacket Design, 2011 AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show

The commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador was once the most successful in the world. When it collapsed in 1992 -- causing the largest single-day layoff in Canadian history and irrevocable ecological damage -- fishermen, scholars, and scientists pointed to failures in management such as uncontrolled harvesting and not taking fishermen’s concerns into account as likely culprits.

Examining the history of commercial cod fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador from the mid-nineteenth century to the aftermath of the cod moratorium, Managed Annihilation makes the case that the idea of natural resource management was itself the problem. The collapse occurred when the fisheries were ostensibly managed by the state, and the fishery has still not recovered nearly twenty years later. Although the collapse of northern cod raised doubts among policy-makers about their ability to understand, predict, and control nature, their ultimate goal of control through management has not wavered -- it has simply been transferred from wild fish to fishermen and farmed cod.

About the Author(s)

Dean Bavington is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental History at Nipissing University, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Graeme Wynn

1 A Sea Swarming with Fish
2 The Introduction and Development of Cod Fisheries Management
3 Success through Failure: The Expansion of Management after the Moratorium
4 Socio-Ecological System Description of the Cod Fishery
5 From Managing Fish to Managing Fisherman
6 Managing Cod from Egg to Plate
7 Articulating Management into Cod Fisheries
8 Alternatives to Management and Managerial Ecology



"Managed Annihilation pleads for renunciation of 'the holy grail of manageability,' the belief that all problems ... can be solved merely by exerting more effort, and obtaining greater efficiency, within the status quo order of advanced industrial societies. In the end, this book urges a new view of human-environment relations, one that would replace Western society’s long-standing drive to manage nature."
-- from the Foreword by Graeme Wynn

"Unlike other efforts to make sense of the tragedy of the commons of the northern cod fishery and its halting recovery, Bavington calls into question the very premise of management and managerial ecology and offers a critical explanation that seeks to uncover alternatives obscured by this dominant way of relating to nature."
-- Bonnie McCay, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

The sorry state of ocean life has led to a new kind of fish story -- a lament not for the one that got away but for the countless others that didn’t...Dean Bavington...observes that two hundred billion pounds’ worth of cod were taken from Canada’s Grand Banks before 1992, when the cod simply ran out."
- Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Scales Fall," The New Yorker, August 2, 2010

"Bavington’s critique of existing management approaches is strong, and opens the door to a worthwhile discussion."
- Tracy Yandle, Emory University, International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. XXII, No. 2

This book…is valuable to those seeking a fresh, provocative approach to the northern cod fishery in particular and to natural resource management in general. Summing Up: Highly recommended.
- J.A. Hutchings, Dalhousie University, CHOICE, April 2011, Vol. 48, No. 08

"Bavington presents some compelling thinking and new directions for natural resource management. His book is sure to generate discussion and debate, and it will sharpen our critique of the use of science and the excessive economic demands we place on the earth’s bounty. These are worthwhile outcomes given the challenges confronting fisheries throughout the world."
-- Michael J. Chiarappa, Quinnipiac University, Environmental History, Vol 16, No 4, October 2011

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Environmental Studies
Natural Resources

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