Strategy for Labrador Straits: Aiming for Development

Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  34pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX417

This report outlines a framework for economic development of the Labrador Straits area. Input was requested from community councils, fisheries committees, high school students, private citizens and members of the two sponsoring bodies.

Abstract:  Published by Community Employment Strategy Association and The Southern Labrador Development Agency


This report outlines a framework for economic development of the Labrador Straits area. Input was requested from community councils, fisheries committees, high-school students, private citizens and members of the two sponsoring bodies. The report attempts to outline the strengths and weaknesses in development potential in a number of vital areas including: fishing, agriculture, transporation, tourism, and forestry. Thus it only suggests the priorities and guidelines for development and prepares the way for a log of homework in months to come as these are investigated more closely and beginnings are made. In the course of examining each of these development sectors, there is a clear presentation of the ways in which economic limitations are set by outside forces such as government policy and international competition. This is particularly clear in the case of inshore fishing.

For thousands of years people have lived in this area and survived through fishing. Yet, in recent years, other nations have plundered the fish stocks, especially the cod and salmon. The management of the resources within the 200-mile limit is essential. This management will be the responsibility of the government. As fishing techniques have changed in recent years many fishermen have found themselves incapable of undertaking efficient business management of their enterprise. Young people who want to begin fishing know little or nothing about basic fishing skills. Loans are available to get together the basic gear but they are difficult to obtain. All this, combined with the uncertainty of the occupation, makes it very unappealing to most young people. This undermines confidence in the future of the communities.

The report is full of specific suggestions for improving fishing, marketing, and other development projects for this area.





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