8. Between 1974 and 1980 the number of licensed fishers in Newfoundland increased three-fold, from 12,792 to 35,080 (McCorquodale 1983: 154). Subsequently the number declined and fluctuated but did not go below 20,000 until 1991 (DFO 1993: 96; Figure 1). Fish processing operations increased as dramatically. In 1974 there were 89 licensed fish plants in Newfoundland; in 1980 138, and in 1992 173, despite continuous decline in landings of groundfish from 1986 on (Kingsley 1993: 127). Much of this expansion of capacity came from public funding, fueled by optimistic resource projections (Kingsley 1993: 127). A major expansion of the fish-processing workforce took place, particularly among women and young men (15-24 years) (Carter 1993: Figure 8, p.141).