Rigby’s Encyclopaedia of the Herring

A work in progress with no end in sight

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A IS FOR A BEGINNING

On the fossil origins of herring in the Sea of Tethys, on the geographical spread of the Clupeidae and, in particular, our hero Clupea harengus

ARCHAEOLOGY

The earliest kitchen middens archaeological record of herring eating and why no earlier herring bones have been found

BALTIC HERRING

On the Baltic herring, Clupea harengus membras, found in the eastern and northern Baltic and in the Gulf of Bothnia

DIVINE PROVIDENCE

On interpreting the herring's grand migration as a gift from God, the ensuing arguments between nations and the eventual progress of science.

FARTING

The herring's squeak or fart, from C17th Lübeck to 1980s Soviet submarine incursions into Swedish waters and a 2003 Ig Nobel Award

FEEDING

On when herrings feed, their favourite foods at different points in their life cycle and the effect of what they eat on their own oiliness

LIFE CYCLE

An account of the herring's life cycle, its eight identified stages and a brief history of the development of that classification

MIGRATION & MOVEMENT

An account of the herring's long misunderstood migratory travels, the pursuit of abundance and factors that enable or would inhibit this

NEUCRANTZ, PAUL: ON HERRING (1643)

A long term project for the encyclopaedia, new chapters of the translation of Neucrantz' C17th Latin text will be added as they are completed

OTOLITHS & SCALES

On the use of growth rings in either to calculate a herring's age, together with details of the research pioneers who first used them

RACIAL THEORY

The development of thinking around herring population difference and some uncomfortable parallels with racial theories of mankind

SHOALS

On an evolutionary strategy aimed at dealing with predation, which didn't imagine the purse seine net or the unregulated pursuit of profit

SPAWNING

On the spawning preferences of the herring, together with a list of the spawning grounds for the main Eastern Atlantic populations

SVETOVIDOV

On the Russian fish systematist who, having dealt the gadoid species, turned his great mind to the clupeidae

TOURISM: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

On AC Hardy's proposal for a herring research centre and William Hodgson's brief vision of what might have been a formidable tourist attraction

ZOOLOGY

Heavily reliant on the zoological description of the Soviet systematist AN Svetovidov, an account of what a herring is