For more than 200 years, Battle Harbour was the economic and social center of the south-east portion of Labrador. The community was a turntable for cod and seal fishing. However, in the 1960s the permanent residents of Battle Harbour were forced to move following a government decision to close several small coastal villages. Some families nevertheless continued to use the site during the summer months up to 1990 when the federal government declared the moratorium on cod fishing. Determined to ensure that their village continues to live, several citizens gathered to form the Battle Harbour Historical Trust and proceeded to turn their village in a living 'museum' commemorating the centuries old Labrador fishery based life and society created at Battle Harbour by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians floaters, stationers and livyers during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.