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.
"[T]his is an informative and engaging case study of two historic ?shing regions facing the dramatic changes caused by industrialization in the North Atlantic ?shery. It is a complex story, with many layers to be explored, and Davis contributes important new insights on how the people working on the trawlers, in addition to their families and communities, responded to threats to their livelihoods. It is a much-needed perspective . . ."—American Historical Review
"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
Honorable Mention for the 2020 John Lyman Book Awards