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Article

Between Piety and Productivity: Monastic Fisheries of the White and Barents Sea in the 16th–18th Centuries

Journal of the North Atlantic. 2020. No. 41. P. 1-21.

This paper outlines the complexity of interactions between Russian Orthodox monasteries and fish resources of the Russian North in the White and Barents Sea basins. The authors consider the complete cycle of monastic fishing activities as a complex of routine practices of an organizational, managerial, and commercial character. They demonstrate that the monks developed the organizational structure and management system that crucially contributed to the transformation of traditional fishing practices into the market-oriented exploitation of the natural resources of the White and Barents seas.