Herring study 1
As and when I get fish, I'm printing them. One of the challenges of this project is actually getting my hands on whole fish here. Its a lot more difficult that I imagined it would be. There is lots of fish in stores but its usually filleted with occasional whole fish found. So I'm venturing further afield into the commercial fishery world and hope that I'll have more luck there even if it means some lengthy trips to get them.
The recreational food fishery begins on July 24 which means for a few weeks people can fish for ground fish but are limited in numbers caught daily and all ground fish are counted as part of the catch. In 1992, the federal government put a moratorium on the northern cod industry in the province, throwing 30,000 fishermen out of work and making it impossible for people to catch a fish for food.
Today, a local lobster fisherman brought a classic Newfoundland staple - salt cod. These are cod that were caught in the previous season, salted and dried and are a cultural icon of the province. Salting and drying cod was the only method of preserving it many years ago and today the tradition remains in some smaller communities. Its also a throwback to the Portugese connection too, where bacalao is a staple food. The Portugese have had a strong fishing relationship with Newfoundland for hundreds of years.