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Norfish: Norway Cod Fishery 1520-1791
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Holm, P. and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Norway Cod Fishery 1520-1791. 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

Norway’s engagement with cod fishing has dated back to at least the Viking Age. Cod has been an important resource and a vital source of sustenance for the local population for centuries. Based on the stable isotope analysis technique, cod bones dating back to medieval times have been recovered at sites that were populated during this time; the configuration of these bones, with heads removed, strongly infers that advanced processing involving salting and/or drying took place well before the early modern period in Norway.

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

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Norway [Marine Regions]
ANE, Norwegian Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 12,277; MinLat: 69,3914 - MaxLong: 12,277; MaxLat: 69,3914 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1791

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: 2021-12-14
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