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Norfish: Dutch-Icelandic cod fishery, 1520-1852
Citable as data publication
Holm, P. and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Dutch Icelandic Cod Fishery 1520-1852. 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 first quantitative evidence of Dutch cod fishing off the Icelandic coast is reported in 1655; Captain Jelle Alberts, from Vlieland in Friesland (Frisia) a province of the Netherlands, returned from Icelandic waters after 11 weeks of fishing with a cargo of salted cod. The condition of sale of these sated cod was that each specimen had to measure at least 22 inches to the tail (56cm) or else it would only count as half a cod (two would be counted as one).

Biology > Fish, Fisheries > Fish stocks/catches/taggings
Marine/Coastal, Archaeology, Catch/effort, Cod, Gadoid fisheries, History, Observation, AN, North Atlantic, ANE, Iceland, ANE, Iceland Sea, ANE, Netherlands, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Gadus Linnaeus, 1758, Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Iceland [Marine Regions]
ANE, Iceland Sea Stations [Marine Regions]
Iceland coast, Iceland Sea and Shelf
ANE, Netherlands [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -15,5671; MinLat: 66,5705 - MaxLong: -15,5671; MaxLat: 66,5705 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1852

Taxonomic coverage
Gadus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758 [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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