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European Fisheries History:
Pre-industrial Origins of Overfishing

(Released August 2009)

  by Carolyn Scearce  


Key Citations




Resources eLibrary Resources
eLibrary Resources
  1. Ms 680/1389 fol.22 Fishing with a Net, from 'The Fables of Bidpai', c.1480

    German School, (15th century) (German), watercolour on paper
    Copyright 2004 Bridgeman
  2. Fishermen and sea creatures, 1st century AD
    Copyright 2004 Bridgeman

  3. How the Indians Catch their Fish, from 'A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia' by Thomas Hariot (1560-1621) engraved by Theodore de Bry (1528-1598) 1590
    White, John (fl.c.1570-93), 16th Century, engraving
    Copyright 2004 Bridgeman

    Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) is found primarily in the Great Lakes area of North America, but is also found almost as far north as Hudson Bay, and as far south as Louisiana. This sturgeon can be up to nine feet in length. It is now rare in southern waters, but is still common in the northern part of its range. The bottom feeding mouth, barbels near the mouth, and asymmetrical tail help identify sturgeons. Separation of the various sturgeon species frequently requires technical characteristics.
    Copyright LifeStory Publications 1998
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  1. James H. Barrett
    Director, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

    From Publication Abstracts:
    statistics are only available for ca.100 years, but large-scale fishing industries existed in medieval . . . has demonstrated the scale of these late medieval and post-medieval fisheries, but only archaeology . . . -medieval expansion of England's sea fisheries and coincided with the Medieval Warm Period--when natural

  2. Benjamin Orlove
    Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University

    From Publication Abstracts:
    the Classic Maya of Mexico and Central America, the Viking settlements in Greenland, and the US . . . The use of forecasts in coastal Peru during the 1997/1998 El Nino differed from patterns described in the literature, particularly in the influence of user education and the time of hearing the forecasts on levels of forecast use. Petty et al present their study of the fishery sector in five . . . All 151 fishing communities in Lake Titicaca maintain and defend communally controlled fishing territories. Environmental factors influence the distribution of the 3 types of such territories, which differ in the area they cover and in the maximum depth of water they contain. A cost-benefit model

  3. Daniel H. Sandweiss
    Dean, Graduate School, University of Maine

    From Publication Abstracts:
    Between . . . 5,800 and 3,600 cal B.P. the biggest architectural monuments and largest settlements in the Western Hemisphere flourished in the Supe Valley and adjacent desert drainages of the arid Peruvian coast. Intensive net fishing, irrigated orchards, and fields of cotton with scant comestibles . . . and corrected through archaeological investigation.

    A section of the late prehispanic Chincha fishing . . . Understanding the influence of natural climatic variability on modern fisheries is complicated by over a century of industrial fishing. Archaeological data provide unique opportunities for assessing precolonial and preindustrialfisheries. Records show that anchoveta-vs sardine-dominated fisheries

  4. Aidan O'Sullivan
    Senior Lecturer, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin

    From Publication Abstracts:
    Place, memory and identity among estuarine fishing communities: Interpreting the archaeology of early medieval fish weirs

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