NOAH SMITH IS still not quite used to the quiet of a summer morning. His home town of Raleigh, located on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland, on Canada’s east coast, has not heard the familiar put-put of a ‘make and break’ boat engine since 1992. That was the year when a moratorium was placed on fishing for northern cod, and all the inshore fishing boats of this village and hundreds of others around the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador were silenced.

Since that time there has been vigorous discussion about the causes of the collapse and the possibility of recovery of the fish stocks. ...


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