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Study Areas

  • Bonavista Peninsula
  • Fogo Island
  • Avalon Isthmus
  • Trepassey
  • New Waterford

waterfallThis is a study to see how the health of people in communities that depended on natural resources have been affected by the depletion of those resources. In rural Newfoundland, the resource in question is fish. An earlier study looked at the effects of the cod moratorium while TAGS was still running. In this study, we now want to see how peoples' health has changed since TAGS ended.

The study is not just looking at communities in Newfoundland but also in Cape Breton. There the resource that became depleted was not fish but coal and it happened much more recently - the communities there are trying to adjust to the mine closures while this study is going on.


Bonavista Peninsula

This area includes Catalina, Port Union and Elliston as well as Bonavista proper. This was the inshore fishing capital of Newfoundland and the fishery continues to be lively thanks to shellfish, which unfortunately doesn't provide as much employment as cod-fishing. Though the situation varies from one community to another, the area as a whole is holding its own and looking to other industries, especially tourism, to take up the slack left by the reduction of employment in the fishery.


Fogo Island

The main communities on Fogo Island are Joe Batt's Arm, Tilting, Seldom and Fogo town. Another area heavily dependent upon the fishery and with a history of rebounding from setbacks, though outmigration continues.


Avalon Isthmus

The communities of the Avalon Isthus in this study are Arnold's Cove, Southern Harbour, Come by Chance and Sunnyside. There are lots of fish in Placentia Bay still, plus what's imported and this area is one of the quiet success stories of the province, full employment being provided by the Bull Arm site, the oil refinery and a still-successful fishery.


Trepassey area

This area comprises the communities of Trepassey, St. Shott's, Portugal Cove South and St. Vincent's. This area was dependent upon the offshore fishery and was very hard hit by the loss of the fishplant and its trawlers. Constant attempts to attract new industries have met with only limited success and the area's population is now about half what it was before the moratorium.


New Waterford This area of industrial Cape Breton, the coal mines have been closing during the period of our study and people are leaving steadily. The communities there are trying to adjust to the mine closures.
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