With Mouths wide open

This project concerns a fish called Cod, a well known inhabitant of the North Atlantic, and a few other places.  A fish that was once so abundant that Joseph Dumas once proclaimed that if the population was left unchecked you would be able to cross the Atlantic, walking along their backs.

Little more the 100 hundred years later, Cod stocks in key fishing grounds like the Grand Banks (North eastern USA and Canada) and the North Sea, were at the point of collapse.

What followed in these parts, were drastic quota's and even a moratorium on fishing for Cod and its relatives such as the Haddock,  decimating towns and ports that used to depend on this once abundant fish.

This project aims to document some of the places and people effected by this collapse, and also looks at other places, such Iceland, who through expanding their fishing grounds (leading to "the cod wars"), and strict fisheries management, have managed to continue catching this fish, and shown the way in how to create a sustainable industry, when Cod returns.

The name "with mouths wide open", refers to both Cod, who swim with gapping mouth, hoovering up their prey, and to man-kind, who almost ate this fish to extinction.