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Norfish: Flemish herring fishery, 1386-1790
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Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Flemish Herring Fishery 1386-1790. 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

From medieval times and into the early modern period, the port of Oostende (Ostend) was a primary fishing port on the Flemish coast, second only to Nieuwport (Nieuwpoort) in Flanders. The Flemish coastal fisheries produced an industry that was highly developed and influential, reaching markets of the Hanseatic League along the Baltic coast, England and the Mediterranean. This “Golden Age” of Flemish Fisheries Oostende’s fishing effort was interrupted by natural effects such as the silting of its harbour, and numerous human affects such as warfare and political interference. However, due to ingenuity and fortitude of its fishermen, and the application of revolutionary modern techniques for treating caught fish, the industry developed apace.

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

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 4,2284; MinLat: 51,096 - MaxLong: 4,2284; MaxLat: 51,096 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1386 - 1790

Taxonomic coverage
Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

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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