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Talking Fishco-Operation And Communication In The Dutch North Sea Herring Fisheries, C. 1600–1850

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The Dutch North Sea herring fishery of the early modern era is found to have been managed and organised in a way that favoured large-scale co-operation and sharing of fishermen's knowledge on where to fish. For reconstructing the empirical past, registers of landings of herring in the Netherlands, and readings of diaries and logbooks kept aboard fishing vessels, are other important sources in this study. They all provide the documentation for an assessment of formal as well as informal systems providing different levels of co-operation and communication within the Dutch North Sea herring fisheries. They helped one another to find the herring at sea, which is found to be in concordance with environmental and institutional incentives found in modern fisheries. This chapter discusses to what extent valuable information on the fishing grounds were freely shared.

Keywords: communication; Dutch North Sea; fish co-operation; fishermen; fishing grounds; herring fisheries



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