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McQUARRIE – When judging B.C.’s job prospects, consider the Atlantic cod

LET’S START with an almost irresistible opening paragraph, a paragraph about cod, Atlantic cod for that matter. And if that hasn’t got you all excited about this week’s column, nothing will.

But just in case it hasn’t created the expected desire to read more, let me suggest those big and ugly Atlantic cod could be trying to tell us something about life in Kamloops.

As a brief refresher, the Atlantic cod was the economic mainstay of the Maritimes. For hundreds of years, the fish sustained much of the old world and was located off what was to become our shores. A finite source of needed nutrition in a world that believed in neverending growth.

Then, in 1992 and too late to do anything effective response to the collapse of that cod fishery, the Canadian government declared a fishing moratorium. Through a combination of over-fishing, mismanagement and wilful ignorance, the industry had basically committed suicide. The population of this once vital fish had, by the early 90s, been reduced to one per cent of its historical levels.

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Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at billmcquarrie@gmail.com. He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5765 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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