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Norfish: French North East Atlantic Cod Fishery 1520-1829
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Holm, P., Nicholls, J. and Allaire, B. 2021. Norfish: French North East Atlantic Cod Fishery 1520-1829. 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 French cod fishery 'may' be sourced as early as the 12th century when Basques crossed the Atlantic in search of whales. In the 15th century, following the Basques, Bretons and Normans were active off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. By about 1550, Dunkerque fishers became active in the North Sea, catching cod that migrated from the English Channel. (Villamarque 1995, p.9) This dataset focuses on French catches off the coast of Iceland and in the North Sea, but may include catches in the Channel and surrounding waters. Little is known about the 15th and 16th centuries in statistical terms. As per the examples above, some anecdotal evidence is available to verify the activity of a fishery. Data was assembled in tranches based on availability. Several specific periods arise.

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

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, France [Marine Regions]
ANE, Iceland Stations [Marine Regions]
Iceland Shelf and Sea
ANE, Iceland Sea Stations [Marine Regions]
Iceland Shelf and Sea
ANE, North Sea [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 - 1829

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

Occurrence of biota

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