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Norfish: Danish Kattegat herring fishery, 1520-1899
Citable as data publication
Holm, P and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Danish Kattegat Herring Fishery 1520 - 1899. Dublin: TCD.
Contact: Nicholls, John

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NorFish is a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant led by Prof Poul Holm in Trinity College Dublin, focuses on the premise that a 16th century shift in marine fish pricing and supply in conjunction with the Little Ice Age and lowering of sea temperatures not only rise to the North Atlantic Fish Revolution but also forms one of the first documented examples of the disrupting effects of globalisation and climate change. The project examines the role of the Fish Revolution for a range of inter-related aspects of North Atlantic history, with NorFish’s interdisciplinary team drawing on archaeology, history, cartography, geography, and ecology to develop interpretative frameworks that synthesise a broad spectrum of source data to assess the overall objective of the project. NorFish’s interdisciplinary team draws on archaeology, history, cartography, geography, and ecology to assess the objectives of the project more

The Kattegat is historically important as the entry to the Baltic from the North Sea and the wider Atlantic. For centuries, whoever held control of this region determined the rights and abilities of shipping to pass safely. Taxes were levied on passing vessels and local fisheries were recognised separately as a result. The local herring fishery was typically subject to the “oar tax” which extracted a value in herrings per vessel as payment for safe landing and harbouring in the Kattegat.

Biology > Fish, Fisheries > Fish stocks/catches/taggings
Marine/Coastal, Archaeology, Baltic sea, Catch/effort, Clupeoid fisheries, Herrings, History, Observation, surface vessel, AN, North Atlantic, ANE, Baltic, ANE, Denmark, ANE, Kattegat, ANE, North Sea, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Denmark [Marine Regions]
ANE, Kattegat [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 11,3041; MinLat: 56,3432 - MaxLong: 11,3041; MaxLat: 56,3432 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1899

Taxonomic coverage
Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Roskilde University (RUC)data creator
Holm, Poul
The University of Dublin, Trinity College; Centre for Environmental Humanitiesdata creator
Nicholls, John

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more
OPI: Oceans Past Initiative

NorFish: The North atlantic Fish Revolution: An Environmental History of the North Atlantic 1400-1700

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2021-07-05
Information last updated: 2022-08-16
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