26. Science and its application to quota-setting have become marginal to the broader task of coping with the immediate social and economic consequences of the collapse of Newfoundland's groundfish fisheries. Most money and attention has gone to the allocation of financial aid and restraining of fishermen and fish-plant workers, focusing on the issue of "downsizing the industry." Downsizing policies, including early retirement and "buy-out" programs requiring the vessel or gear license holder to quit fishing forever, are justified in part by humanitarian concerns for people unable to fish or pay off their mortgages during the moratorium on the cod fishery. However, like the retraining programs, they are predicated on a wide consensus, voiced by representatives of the major fishing companies, the unions, and government agencies, that the fishery of the future should not support as many people as the fishery of the recent past did.