Front cover image for Eating the ocean : seafood and consumer culture in Canada

Eating the ocean : seafood and consumer culture in Canada

Brian J. Payne (Author)
"During the first half of the twentieth century, Canadian fisheries regularly produced more fish than markets could absorb, driving down profits and wages. To address this, both industry and government sought to stimulate domestic consumption via increased advertising. In Eating the Ocean Brian Payne explores how government-funded marketing called upon Canadian housewives to prepare more seafood meals to improve family health and aid an industry central to Canadian identity and heritage. The goal was first to make seafood a central element of a "wholesome" diet as a solution to a perceived nutritional crisis, and, second, to aid industry recovery and growth while decreasing Canadian fisheries' dependency on foreign markets. But fishery managers and policymakers fundamentally miscalculated consumer demand, wrongly assuming that Canadians could and would eat more seafood. Fisheries continued to extract more fish than the environment and the market could sustain, and the collapse of the nation's fisheries that we are now seeing has as much to do with failed assessments of market demand as it does with faulty extraction practices. Using internal communications between industry leaders and Ottawa bureaucrats, as well as advertising and promotional material published in the nation's leading magazines, national and local newspapers, and radio programming, Eating the Ocean traces the flawed understanding of not only supply but demand, a misguided gamble that caused fisheries to become the most mismanaged resource economy in early-twentieth-century Canada."-- Provided by publisher
eBook, English, 2022
McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2022
1 online resource (xii, 257 pages) : illustrations.
9780228015581, 9780228015574, 0228015588, 022801557X
Title Page
Introduction Finding Fish Customers: Low Consumer Demand for Fish and Seafood Products in the Twentieth Century
1 The Modern State: Government Agency in Marketing Seafood from 1900 through the First World War
2 Eat Fish for Health: Nutritional Science and the Healthfulness of Seafood
3 Recasting the Seafood Consumer: The Housewife and the Modern Kitchen
4 Eating Our Way Out of Depression: Stimulating Consumer Economics for Industry Recovery 5 Fish Will Win the War: Patriotism and Seafood Rationing in the Second World War
Conclusion Selling the Ocean: How Marketing Goals Affect Resource Sustainability