In the last week of June 1847, a group of people working under the cover of darkness destroyed six to eight trawl lines that had been set in the waters of Bryant's Cove.
Newspapers tried to maintain their enthusiasm; the Weekly Herald, for example, in relating that the Conception and Trinity Bays fisheries had been very bad, continued to hope that increased use of trawl lines, just then being introduced at Trinity, would lead to a more successful autumn fishery.
The reaction against cod seines, jiggers and trawl lines in Newfoundland was not so organized as that of the Luddites, and did not provoke the same state reaction.
Others, as did Kelson, believed that new methods such as seines and trawl lines were directly responsible by scaring off or diverting the migratory habits of cod.
Although the bounty failed because of its small size and limited nature, the attempt demonstrated the Newfoundland government's commitment to technological expansion rather than some form of stock conservation as demanded by popular protest about trawl lines and cod seines.