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
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
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,