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Norfish: Dutch herring fishery, 1512-1790
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Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Dutch Herring Fishery 1512-1790. 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 Dutch Herring Fishery was a vital effort of the North Sea fishing of the late medieval and early modern periods. The Dutch fleet was one of the primary operators in this industry together with the English, French, Danish, Flemish and Spanish fleets. At certain points in this period, the Dutch fleet could be considered to be the largest in terms of landings. The technologies, equipment and methodologies employed by the Dutch were relatively advanced compared with other fleets in very general terms, enabling them to be consistently productive and capable in economic terms. The Dutch Herring Fishery thrived from the beginning of the 16th Century. However, there is a lacuna of information in terms of actual landings, catches and effort spent until records are available from 1580 onwards. The extent of these records provides a clear indication of the relative state of the Fishery which was focused between the Northern ports and the Southern ports which therefore bear comparison and scrutiny.

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

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Netherlands [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 2,7263; MinLat: 57,3757 - MaxLong: 2,7263; MaxLat: 57,3757 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1512 - 1790

Taxonomic coverage
Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

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

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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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