The story of cod fishing.
La morue était trop belle ("The cod was too beautiful"), tells the story of fishing, of long distance fishing trips for cod in the waters of Newfoundland, Labrador, Iceland and Greenland. Spanning five centuries, this is an incredible, technical, economic and human adventure about the exploitation of a resource which for a long time appeared to be an inexhaustible supply.
This is the story of thousands of sailors who left each year, braving difficult and dangerous conditions. From the late nineteenth century their lives inspired many artists, writers, illustrators, and filmmakers, whose works will be presented as part of the exhibition.
This style of fishing which was so lucrative for centuries blinded us and we forgot that no resources are inexhaustible. The history of cod fishing in Newfoundland, as an example, invites us to think about the consequences of poor management of the seas.
Secondly, this exhibition will give a voice to many actors in the debate: scientists, policy makers, fishermen, shipowners and so on.