11 juillet 2017 – Polar prince is finally here, I have been in St Johns for the last two days, exploring town and the area with a rental car, the avalon peninsula is a jewel with small roads looking over the shore, going through small coves and pittoresque marinas. In Petty Harbour, we have been hosted by Leo and his wife. Breakfast, wood peeling exercices, fishing for cod, transfer painting with cod skins… Life is not easy in small fishing communities. Following the 1992 cod moratorium, Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry shifted from a groundfishery to a shellfishery. Shrimp and snow crab became the two most important harvested species and replaced cod as the economic engine of the fishery. But crab fishing is an expensive activity, the fishery uses more vessels, processing plants, workers, and other resources than are needed. Overcapacity increases expenses, and encourages resource depletion and low incomes.
In Petty Harbour, the community has developed a very dynamic project called “fishing for success”. This visionnary project aims at teaching kids of Newfoundland and Labrador, the traditional fishing knowledge and skill of their ancestors; that this will instill in them a sense of pride, of place, and a longing to protect and conserve their natural home. We have been privileged to take part in some of these activities.
For more info on the project: Fishing for success
July 11th 2017 – Le Polar Prince est enfin arrivé, je suis a st jean de terre neuve depuis deux jours, j’explore la ville à pied et la côte au volant d’une voiture louée. Quelle côte! Fjords escarpés, mer a perte de vue, glaciers au loin, petits villages de pêche pittoresque et des gens bien sympatiques.