of the Term Baccalieu
is derived either from the Spanish bacalao or the Basque
baccalos, both terms meaning codfish. It is believed
that the name was anciently applied to all the Island of Newfoundland
and the surrounding islands. Baccalieu pays tribute to the European
fishers of many nations whose adventures and contributions to European
settlement of North America were not recorded.
meaning of the word Baccalieu -- salt codfish -- points
to the role the area has always played and still plays in the provincial
fishery. Today the Baccalieu region is responsible for approximately
22% of the value of the provincial fishery. Baccalieu also reflects
Baccalieu Island Ecological Reserve, which has the greatest abundance
and species diversity of seabirds in eastern North America.