Ireland’s Sea Fisheries, 1400-1600
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330 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

12 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 27

Imprint: Boydell Press

Ireland’s Sea Fisheries, 1400-1600

Economics, Environment and Ecology

by Patrick W Hayes

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This book examines the environmental, political, and economic history of Ireland's marine fisheries from 1400 to 1600.

It combines a wide range of historical sources with innovative digital research methods to provide a comprehensive and systematic overview. Government letters and court documents highlight the diverse range of fishing fleets from across Europe that visited Irish waters in the early sixteenth century, bringing wealth and cultural influence to the native Irish, who developed complex systems to protect and tax the visitors. Furthermore, trade records illustrate that fish was Ireland's premier export in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. However, a range of factors led to the industry's collapse by the end of the sixteenth century: the Tudor conquest which disrupted fishing operations and fundamentally altered who controlled fishing resources; the destabilization of Irish waters resulting from the terrestrial conflict, which allowed pirates to thrive; an influx of cheap cod from the newly exploited fisheries in Newfoundland which changed consumption patterns in Ireland and across Europe; and shifting climatic conditions and decades of over-exploitation which meant fewer fish and poorer catches. Overall, the book reveals that fisheries form a vital part of the broader environmental, political, and economic history of Ireland.
Glossary of Fish Species
Introduction
1. The Development of Fisheries, 1400-1500
2. Diversity and Cooperation in Sixteenth-Century Fisheries
3. The Fish Trade
4. The Impact of War and Piracy
5. Fish Consumption and Provisioning
6. Oceanographic Variation and Environmental Change
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
Patrick Hayes completed his doctorate at Trinity College, Dublin

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Title Details

330 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

12 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 27

Imprint: Boydell Press