It was the last week of local lobster season and everyone was keen to take advantage.The fruits of the sea have long been key for Newfoundland.Most of these men and women established settlements along Newfoundland’s northeast coast and Avalon Peninsula, and some also migrated to the island’s French Shore each year to catch codfish in those waters as well while hostilities disrupted French fishing effort there.The inshore fishery was a seasonal, family-based industry.A thick fog clogged Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. Somewhere in the murk was the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland, dating from 1836. The inauspicious signs had been there when I’d landed in Newfoundland’s capital, St John’s, the day before.
It was badly hit by the moratorium on cod fishing in 1992, when stocks had collapsed to 1% of former levels.
The salt-cod fishery was a mainstay of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy throughout the nineteenth century.
It consisted of three branches: an inshore fishery off the island’s coast, a Labrador fishery, and an offshore bank fishery.
Known as the "fishing capital" of Western Newfoundland, it boasts a large fishing fleet, a modern shrimp processing plant, Federal Fisheries Offices, Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, restaurants, motel, RV Park, modern sports complex, bank, as well as other financial institutions and government services.
Port au Choix is an amalgamation of three once separate communities - Old Port au Choix, Gargamelle Cove and Port au Choix.