A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 9TH CONFERENCE OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC FISHERIES HISTORY ASSOCIATION (NAFHA)
Inês Amorim (IHM-UP - Institute of Modern History of the University of Porto)
Álvaro Garrido (Director of the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo)
Câmara Municipal de Ílhavo
DH (Departamento de História da FLUP)
Direcção Geral das Pescas e Aquicultura
FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia)
IHM-UP, Instituto de História Moderna da Universidade do Porto
Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo
Porto / Aveiro / Ílhavo
BEHAVIOUR IN SOCIAL DILEMMAS: TOWARD SUSTAINABLE FISHERY SYSTEMS - A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The 9th International Conference of the NORTH ATLANTIC FISHERIES HISTORY ASSOCIATION (NAFHA) on BEHAVIOUR IN SOCIAL DILEMMAS, TOWARD SUSTAINABLE FISHERY SYSTEMS- A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, will be held in Porto/Aveiro/Ílhavo, Portugal, from 5 to 8 December 2005.
The congress is to be held at a crisis moment for the Portuguese fisheries. Notwithstanding this sector has played an important role in the country’s economy since 11th century and from the 16th century on in Newfoundland.
The two fishing ports of Aveiro and Ílhavo developed a small industry in the 16th century and again at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century as a result of the strong increase they experienced in their fishing activity.
These two ports share some typical Portuguese features, such as: fishermen moving from river to coastal fishing (from the Ria de Aveiro to the Portuguese and the Northwest Spanish coast) and to deep sea fishing as far as Greenland and Newfoundland in the 16th century and currently to northern Europe working for other European fleets.
They have the potentialities to become the future ports for the fishing industry as designed by the research in biotechnology and the research in the constitution of fishing enterprises carried out by the University of Aveiro.
The memories of the local communities have been preserved in museum collections (Salt Eco-museum and Maritime Museum in Ílhavo), enabling the reconstitution of fishing activities as well as related industries (salt and shipbuilding industries).
Therefore this is a good reason for researchers in History, Geography and Anthropology from Europe and North America to attend a meeting to discuss the influence of Portuguese fisheries in the establishment of the north Atlantic fishery routes.
The conference will seek to provide historical perspectives on key issues arising from changing and declining fisheries and fishery industries in many countries of the North Atlantic, including the host country. It has become standard to assert that solutions to these issues will require a multidisciplinary approach of biology, ecology and social sciences, notably economics and anthropology.
However, history and historians also have a role to play in clarifying human and environmental factors in the evolution of the various fisheries and fishery industries, and in examining the behaviours of the different participants, especially fishermen and scientists. We welcome papers that recognize the challenges of reconciling commercial exploitation of the seas and the sustainability of marine biodiversity.
Other possible topics include:
Fisheries science (origins, nature, structure and practice)
Indicators of sustainability (ecological, socio-economic and institutional)
Fishery conflicts and the co-management approach (custom, management rights and exploitation)
Consumer preferences and the impact of development and management policies
fishery conflicts; environmental history; maritime heritage; consumer and markets; science and fisheries