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Traditions of Seabird Fowling in the North Atlantic Region

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Keypoints: This volume is based on contribution to an international conference organised by the Islands Book Trust in September 2004.

Categories: History, Culture, Ecology

Readership: General

Content: This volume is based on contribution to an international conference when speakers from six North European countries gathered in Ness, Isle of Lewis to talk about fowling in their countries: Iceland, the Faroes, Norway, Finland and Ireland, as well as Scotland.  The aim was to examine to annual expedition by men from Ness to take young gannets from Sulasgeir as part of a wider historic practise in countries bordering the North Atlantic, to examine similarities and differences in the various countries, and to take stock of the present position.  The conference looked at both the ecological impact of fowling activities, that is the extent to which fowling appears to have affected the numbers of sea-birds subject to hunting, and also the soical and cultural traditions associated with sea-bird fowling.

Contributors: John Randall, John Baldwin, Eeva-Liisa Hallanaro, John Love, Patricia Lysaght, Bergur Olsen, Ane Nørrevang, Håvard Dahl Bratrein, Aevar Petersen


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