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September 24, 2022
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On the Package
Produced by: Chris Brookes
The past two years have seen groundfish stocks off the Atlantic Canada dramatically collapse. Due to massive overfishing and environmental decline, the resource base of "the great fishery of the world" -- the North Atlantic codfish -- is now commercially extinct. Over 25,000 Newfoundland fishers are out of work, the largest single layoff in Canadian history. Until May 1994 they are living on temporary government assistance, "The Package." Waiting for a fishery that may never reopen. As well as livelihoods, the social fabric of the fishing-based culture is threatened. CBC producer Chris Brookes takes us to Newfoundland where we meet a folksinger and an inland fisherman in this documentary about a vanishing way of life.

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