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Fishing for a Solution: Canada's Fisheries Relations with the European Union, 1977-2013

Donald Barry, Bob Applebaum, and Earl Wiseman

$34.95 CAD / $41.95 USD (S)

150 pages, illustrations

978-1-55238-778-8 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-780-1 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-55238-781-8 (ePub)

Beyond Boundaries: Canadian Defence and Strategic Studies

July 2014

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About the Book

Fishing for a Solution provides a detailed, policy-based account of the development of Canada’s fisheries relations with the European Union. It covers over 35 years of this contentious international relationship, from the extension of Canada’s fisheries jurisdiction to 200 miles in 1977 and the creation of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) two years later, to the development of a proposed new NAFO Convention in 2007, which awaits formal approval. Based on the experience of participants from inside the deliberations and negotiations, the book explores the impact of Canada’s internal politics on international fisheries negotiations. For anyone interested in the workings of Canadian foreign policy, resource policy or in the complexities of managing international relations, it offers a unique account of the development of Canada-EU fisheries relations, blending the academic perspective of a long-time student of those relations with the insights of two former senior public servants who led the international affairs directorate of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Donald Barry is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Icy Battleground: Canada, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Seal Hunt (2005).

Bob Applebaum was Director General of the International Affairs Directorate at the Government of Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1983 to 1995.

Earl Wiseman was Director General of the International Affairs Directorate at the Government of Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1995 to 2002.

Praise for Fishing for a Solution:

Fishing for a Solution is a concise, compelling and objective perspective on the complex relationship between Canada and the European Union (EU) resulting from entangled interests in the North Atlantic fishery. [It] is an excellent read. 

—Josh Taylor, MIRCS Review  

The authors take the reader on a truly interesting journey through the difficulties of fisheries governance.

—Nikolas Sellheim, Polar Record 

A remarkably detailed and insightful account of Canada’s relations with the EU over the catching of fish in the North Atlantic. […] Essential reading for any student of Canada’s foreign policy.

—Raymond B. Blake. International Journal

Table of Contents


Gordon R. Munro

What Went Wrong and What Can We Learn from It?

Noel Roy

Origins of Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Crisis
William E. Schrank

The Collapse of the Northern Cod Fishery: Preditor–Prey and Other Considerations
Eugene Tsoa

Stock Rebuilding Strategies Under Uncertainty: The Case for Sentinel Fisheries
Daniel E. Lane and Halldor P. Palsson

Uncertainty in Fisheries Management

Tim Lauck

Limited Entry Fishing Programs: Theory and Canadian Practice
Diane P. Dupont

Individual Transferable Quotas and Canada’s Atlantic Fisheries

R. Quentin Grafton

Canadian Experience with Individual Fishing Quotas

Paul Macgillivray

Approaches to the Economics of the Management of High Seas Fishery Resources
Gordon R. Munroe




HONOURABLE MENTION, NASOH John Lyman Book Award for Canadian Naval and Maritime History | 2015