Nature’s Past Episode 14: Management of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse

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Episode 14: Management of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse

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North American environmental history is punctuated by notorious episodes of species extinctions, most notably the cases of the passenger pigeon and the bison. In both cases, humans exhausted what they believed were unlimited resources in the absence of any scientific management or regulations.

The collapse of the Newfoundland cod fishery in the 1990s stands out from these previous events because of the industry’s dependence on scientific management. This month, we speak with Professor Dean Bavington from Nipissing University about his research and the publication of his new book Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse.

Image of Book Cover for Bavington, Dean L.Y. Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010.

Also, Marco Armiero, a senior researcher from the Italian National Research Council, tells us more about EMiGR, the Environment and Migration Group of Research.


Dean Bavington

Marco Arniero

Music Credits:

“Test Drive” by Zapac

“Kids” by Pitx

“Baby Me” by Glenn Miller

Photo Credit:

“Dried cod being unloaded from a fishing schooner that has just arrived from Newfoundland. Halifax, Nova Scotia.” Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Item ID: 4301928


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 14: Management of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 20 April 2010.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and vice dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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