EIGHT DAYS IN JULY
singing group Blue Rodeo has an album called "Five Days in July." It came out
in 1993. And even though it's just a coincidence, something happened in
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, in July 1993 that has become known as "Eight Days in
July." It was the Shelburne Blockade.
In 1993 the
downturn in the groundfishery was still fairly new. But everyone, especially
the fixed gear fishermen, knew something had to be done. Quotas were being
slashed. Men had to keep their boats tied up because it wasn't worthwhile
taking them out. The government didn't seem to be listening to anything the
fishermen said about how to make things better. The fishermen had their own
ideas about how to conserve the groundfish still in the water. They didn't
think they should have to stay home while foreign boats fished in their waters.