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Norfish: Iceland Cod Landings 1520-1871
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Holm, P and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Iceland Cod Landings 1520–1871. 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 Icelandic Fisheries were highly productive and drew attention from both domestic and various foreign markets. While the gear deployed and the methods used for fishing did not vary significantly during the early modern period, there were several influences on the industry that impacted either negatively or positively. For instance, human intervention in the standard fishing practices, such as acts of war, market pressures, etc. led to variability in the total catches that were made on an annual basis. Natural influences were an issue as well; fish migration and stock levels, weather/climate conditions, etc. played their part in the types of inconsistencies that pervaded the era.

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

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

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1871

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
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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