CBC: Making a Killing

Making a Killing for the CBC


Making a Killing

CBC Longform | June 2018

As whales die in frightening numbers, New Brunswick's lucrative snow crab industry struggles under a global spotlight. (Podcast and longform investigative feature.)

It all started when Charles Anastasia’s boat sank.  

This was in 1979, when 26-year-old Anastasia took to the ocean every morning to fill his nets with cod, back when that fish was still the beating heart of the Atlantic fishery.

With his boat pinned 100 kilometres offshore during a “perfect storm,” a floating telephone pole skewered the hull like a marshmallow on a stick. The eight-man crew barely got a mayday out and survival suits on before the vessel sank beneath the 20-metre waves.

Two fishermen couldn’t swim, so the group inflated balloons for buoyancy and tied themselves together. They were rescued minutes before the search was called off.