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Fishing in the Past: the spatial dynamics of the Belgian sea fisheries during the 20th century
Lescrauwaet, A.-K. (2013). Fishing in the Past: the spatial dynamics of the Belgian sea fisheries during the 20th century, in: Lescrauwaet, A.-K. Belgian fisheries: ten decades, seven seas, forty species: Historical time-series to reconstruct landings, catches, fleet and fishing areas from 1900. pp. 94-119
In: Lescrauwaet, A.-K. (2013). Belgian fisheries: ten decades, seven seas, forty species: Historical time-series to reconstruct landings, catches, fleet and fishing areas from 1900. PhD Thesis. Ghent University (UGent): Gent. xiii, 242 pp., more

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Keywords
    Historical account; Marine fisheries; ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Spatial dynamics; Marine Environmental History; Sea Fisheries statistics; Shifting baselines

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Abstract
    Historically, fleet dynamics have received less attention than the aspects of population dynamics in fisheries research. However, to understand trends in the volume of landings and changes in the catch per unit of effort and in the economic returns by the fleet, spatio-temporally explicit information is needed. The integration of historical time series on the landings and value of landings of Belgian sea fisheries, by fishing area, allows for a spatial analysis of broad-scaled historical preference of different Belgian fisheries for specific fishing areas. It documents changes in the relative importance of fishing areas for the Belgian fisheries as well as changes in composition of landings from within fishing areas over 8 decades (1929-2009) and underlines the historical importance of the 'coastal waters' to the Belgian fisheries. Finally, qualitative and quantitative statements about the spatial dynamics of Belgian fisheries in published sources are validated and, where not supported by our data, challenged. Some of the cause-effect relations that may explain the spatial dynamics of Belgian sea fisheries, are explored.

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