Dutch Herring: An Environmental History, C. 1600-1860

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Amsterdam University Press, 2008 - Nature - 264 pages
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In the seventeenth century, the Dutch herring fisheries in the North Sea were considered the most sophisticated and demanding fishing operation in the world. This is the first study to assess the North Sea herring and herring fisheries over the span of several centuries. It contributes to the understanding of pre-modern natural resource exploitation and the role of the natural environment in long-term development of the Dutch herring fisheries.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
16
1 Introduction
20
2 Methodology
24
3 Hypotheses and questions
36
4 Producers and Production of Salted herring
40
5 Did fisheries impact herringstocks?
76
6 Markets Prices and ConsumptionHerring trade in the North Sea and Baltic region
82
7 Cooperation and communicationin the Dutch herring fisheries
106
8 Reconstructing stock fluctuations of North Seaherring16041850
130
9 Fishing strategy and dynamics of movement18561863
160
10 Longterm spatial distribution of fisheries16001892
186
11 Dynamics of change and the exploitation of North Sea herringstocks
214
English summary
238
Dansk resume
244
Bibliography
250
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Bo Poulsen is associate professor of environmental history at the Department of Culture and Global Studies.

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