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  • Richard Norman Sr., (fisherman, shipwright) (1587 - bef.1653)
    Not the same as Richard Norman In 2002 Leslie Mahler, published the "English Origin of Richard Norman of Salem, Mass." in in The American Genealogist Vol 77 p 102-3. Leslie Mahler published for the f...
  • Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961)
    Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 — July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. He was part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris, and one of the veterans of W...
  • George Way (c.1620 - 1690)
    There is a discussion on Henry Way, George Way in Great Migrations within the NEHGS online site. Still awaiting the URL for this discussion to verify that Henry Way should be disconnected from George W...
  • John Brimblecomb, of Marblehead (bef.1623 - bef.1678)
    John Brimblecomb House 9 Mechanic St, Marblehead Biography John Brimblecomb, fisherman, lived in Marblehead from 1661 until his death in 1678. He was born circa 1623 based on the marriage dates of ...
  • Anthony Rowe (1632 - 1713)
    ROE, ANTHONY, Falmouth or Scarbrough 1663-83, of good repute in 1670, as by the court with ano. he was made conjoint. constable of both towns. Sources Ancestral File #: GCZS-TT Rowe 1 Ant...


Image left - Fishing with nets, Tacuinum Sanitatis casanatensis (14th century)

A fisherman, (usually a man) is someone who catches fish and other animals from a body of water, or gathers shellfish. The older term fisher is more inclusive of female catchers of fish. Fishing is also something done as a recreational sport for pleasure.

Fishing can take place in freshwater rivers or at sea. It is an ancient occupation dating back at least 40 000 years. Fish are normally caught in the wild.

The Egyptians invented various implements and methods for fishing which are clearly illustrated in tomb scenes, drawings, and papyrus documents. References to fishing are found in ancient literature, e.g. The Bible, The Tacuinum Sanitatis (a medieval handbook mainly on health), Oppian of Corycus, a 2nd-century Greco-Roman poet, wrote a major treatise on sea fishing, the Halieulica or Halieutika, composed between 177 and 180.

// fishermen using tridents in the 17th century

Techniques used to catch fish include...

  • hand gathering,
  • spearing (Dutch fishermen used Tridents in the 17th century)
  • netting
  • angling or line fishing
  • trapping

Fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as shellfish, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms, but not usually aquatic animals, for instance whales where "whaling' is the term used.

The purpose of this project is to gather together information about fishermen and connect GENi profiles of those who were fishermen or worked in the fishing industry for a living. This is a universal project. Please link profiles to the project, no matter where from or whether of note or not. Any notable fishermen can be added to the list below.

See also

Fishermen of Hastings

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