The Rise of Trawling on the Dogger Bank Grounds: the Diffusion of an Innovation

By Robb Robinson, published February 1989


Until the early nineteenth century, commercial fishing in the North Sea was largely based on traditional hook and line methods; by the second half of the century, trawling had become the predominant methodology. This paper describes some of the economic and technological factors, in particular the development of railway-based distribution networks, which engendered the rise of the north-east fishing industry and the adoption of fresh fish as a commodity for cheap mass consumption.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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