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Norfish: Irish Herring Fishery 1520-1790
Hayes, Patrick. 2021. Norfish: Irish Herring Fishery 1520-1790. 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 Irish herring fisheries were highly productive at the beginning of the sixteenth century and were one of the largest industries in Ireland at that time (Hayes, 2021). The fishery suffered a decline towards the end of the sixteenth century due to a mixture of persistent warfare, environmental change and shifts in market conditions. The fishery recovered in the seventeenth century but was severely disrupted during the 1641 Rebellion and Confederate period in Ireland. Large scale herring fishing again resumed in the later seventeenth century and continued to fluctuate over the next century, before briefly becoming one of the most productive herring fisheries in Europe in the later eighteenth century.

Biology > Fish, Fisheries > Fish stocks/catches/taggings
Marine/Coastal, Archaeology, Catch/effort, Clupeoid fisheries, Domestic consumption, Exports, Herrings, History, Landings, Observation, AN, North Atlantic, ANE, Celtic Sea, ANE, Ireland, ANE, Irish Sea, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Celtic Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Ireland Stations [Marine Regions]
Coast of Ireland
ANE, Irish Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -9,8259; MinLat: 52,2546 - MaxLong: -9,8259; MaxLat: 52,2546 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1790

Taxonomic coverage
Clupeidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

The University of Dublin, Trinity College; Centre for Environmental Humanitiesdata creator
Nicholls, John
Hayes, Patrick
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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