Saturday, February 25, 2006
Cod Jigging with Erin
The collapse of the groundfish stocks off Newfoundland's northeast coast led to a federally imposed "cod" moratorium throwing thousands of fishermen and plantworkers out of work. Before the fishing ban, Newfoundlanders in small open boats commonly landed cod on a jigger, a heavy unbaited double hook used on the island for over two hundred years. Today, jigging is now outlawed and there are fewer boats on the water. Ironically the large foreign fishing trawlers still scour the ocean bottom, fishing within Canada's 200 mile boundary limit.