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Norfish: Danish Sound herring fishery, 1368-1790
Citable as data publication
Holm, P. and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Danish Sound Herring Fishery 1368-1790. Dublin: TCD.
Contact: Nicholls, John

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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 series for this dataset provides few given data points and requires a large amount of extrapolation to fill annual values for the Danish Sound (Øresund). It was, nevertheless, perhaps the most important fishery of the Middle Ages. It did decline after the mid-sixteenth century for reasons still unknown.

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

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Denmark [Marine Regions]
ANE, Oeresund Stations [Marine Regions]
Danish Sound
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 12,7272; MinLat: 55,7736 - MaxLong: 12,7272; MaxLat: 55,7736 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1368 - 1790

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: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2021-07-05
Information last updated: 2021-07-08
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