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Norfish: Spanish and Basque Newfoundland Cod Fishery 1520-1790
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Ivinson, J and Nicholls, J. 2020. Norfish: Spanish and Basque Newfoundland Cod 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 Spanish data for fishing in Newfoundland in this time period are sparse and severely limited; and quantitative sources are especially rare. Numerous qualitative reports are available based on contemporary observations and reports of fishing undertaken by Spanish fishing crews, as well as several estimates of the scale of this activity made by contemporary observers. Many of these historic estimates and data of fishing in the New World by Spaniards are not presentations of national data but pertain to the fishing effort of sub-national regions: Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias, and in particular the Spanish Basque country, from which the majority of Spanish fishing ventures departed.

Biology > Fish, Fisheries > Fish stocks/catches/taggings
Marine/Coastal, Archaeology, Catch/effort, Cod, Gadoid fisheries, History, Observation, AN, North Atlantic, ANE, Spain, ANW, Canada, Newfoundland, ANW, Grand Banks, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Gadus Linnaeus, 1758, Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
AN, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Spain Stations [Marine Regions]
Spanish Basque country
ANW, Canada, Newfoundland Stations [Marine Regions]
Newfoundland Coast
ANW, Grand Banks [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -54,9328; MinLat: 50,139 - MaxLong: -54,9328; MaxLat: 50,139 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1520 - 1790

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
Ivinson, Josh

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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: 2021-07-12
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