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A story mostly about herring and society, but also on fishing for mackerel and sardines and other pelagic fish, and how the fishing has helped to shape the coastal Norway.

Norway is still one of the largest fishing nations in the world, but it marked not as good as before when fishing with excitement, disappointments and the drama was an important part of the coastal people's everyday life. In today's specialized service society folds not industry wide in the same way. Fewer of us are working in fisheries-related occupations, and we browse the small extent be controlled diets of fish seasons.

With this story we will provide a historical look back at some of our most exciting fishery, the pelagic. These fisheries have contributed formation of the Norwegian coastal villages and towns, and have seen a strong mark on the industry, technological development, culinary traditions and the rest had broad cultural implications. It focuses primarily on herring, but also other pelagic fish such as mackerel, sardines, blue whiting, capelin, sand lance and horse mackerel (horse mackerel).

The amount is pelagic fish species of two-thirds of the Norwegian fish catch (2007). It is especially the huge catches of herring and blue whiting, which pulls up the total quantity, while the vertical catches dominated in 1970 - and 1980-century.
Herring fishing is also the part of fishing as next to the cod fishery has had the most effect on the economic and cultural-historical development of coastal Norway. But as we shall see, has also other pelagic fish had greatly improved, particularly for regional and development within fishing fleet.

Photo: Pelagic fisheries include, in addition to herring fishing for species such as mackerel, sardines, blue whiting, capelin, sand lance and horse mackerel (horse mackerel). Pelagic fish are schooling fish that simply residing in the free water masses, in contrast to the fish produced as residing in the vicinity of the bottom most of his life. Since pelagic fish residing in the upper water layers, they can be taken with nets, drift nets and pelagic trawls. This differs from the white fish and others who usually keeps along the bottom and is fishing with nets, bottom trawls and longlines.