Contested and Dangerous Seas
North Atlantic Fishermen, Their Wives, Unions, and the Politics of Exclusion
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
During the 1960s and 1970s, these seafaring workers experienced new hardships. As modern fleets from many nations intensified their hunt for fish, they found themselves in increasing competition for disappearing prey. Colin J. Davis details the unfolding drama as New England and British fishermen and their wives, partners, and families reacted to this competition. Rather than acting as bystanders to these crises, the men and women chronicled in Contested and Dangerous Seas became fierce advocates for the health of the Atlantic Ocean fisheries and for their families’ livelihoods.
"A cogent, timely, and thorough study of two regions whose fishing industry, through very different routes, declined at the same time."—Matthew McKenzie, author of Breaking the Banks: Representations and Realities in New England Fisheries, 1866–1966
"Davis has made commendable efforts to broaden his perspective from fishing itself to the communities in which the fishers were based . . . the work that Davis and other researchers into fisheries, fish workers and their communities [have undertaken] is important and valuable far outside narrow academic concerns."—International Journal of Maritime History