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Fishery history

Human beings allways have been attracted to water and water allways have been the basis of life to human beings.
The sea and the fjord has from the beginning of history of man kind been a rich and available source of food.
The sea is not a static phenomenon. The rise and withdrawing of water through time is the reason for we today, are able to find traces of our first ancestors´ utilization of the life in the fjord, both around and in the Limfjord.
Where the fjord is today, in earlier days human beings have been walking around on the beach -and conversely - where today is land, the sea of the stoneage has been ruling, so that we further in the country, where the coast of the previous sea was, nowadays find kitchen middings.  
The kitchen middens give us a good impression of the first fishermen, hunters and fjord people. The remains of tools and food, reveals the menu 10.000 years ago - and obviously- at that time, oysters was common food.

The fjord was the basis of life of mankind, who at all times has been settling by its coastlines.
It was an eternal tempestuous relationship of love, hate and dependence.
The fjord was the generous and indispensable giver or the merciless robber.
Human beings always had to adjust itself to the mood and changes of the fjord to keep up life, cause the fjord and the life in it, has been constantly changing.

The North Sea broke in 1825 in one night through the point of Agger, which had kept the North Sea separated from the Limfjord since the 12th. century .
That changed immediately the conditions of life in the fjord and with that also the conditions of life of the human beings living by and off the fjord.
From being brackish, the Limfjord changed to be a proper stream with a far higher content of salt, what of course meant, new species of both flora and fauna. 
It took several years before people had adjusted themselves to the new ecology and learned to use it and other tools. The meanwhile was characterized by hunger and poverty. Fortunately most fishermen also were farmers and the yield from the land became their rescue.     

 

Before 1825, the Limfjord had been "separated" in two fishing territories:
From Hals to Løgstør, where you were catching saltwater fish / sea fish, lots of heerings and mostly used "bottomnets".
And the western part of the fjord, where you were out for "grey fish" : eel etc. with "dragnet" and "downnet ".

The break through finally meant development and the big boom came when "Jens Væver", a poor fisherman from Krejbjerg invented  the "spinnet" in the middle of the 19th. century.
Until then it had been necessary to row one end of the net out from the coast and back, and then drag the net in with the help of many strong hands.
The new invention meant, that you could drag the net in the middle of the fjord only in need of few hands.

The break through out west had as said,