Fisheries - A Hundred Thousand Years of Fishing


The tasks and tools of fishing changed little for thousands of years find fish and then trap them with a net, hook or spear. To begin with this was done inland or near the shore. Then, as the technology started to advance rapidly with the agricultural and industrial revolutions, fishing quickly transformed itself. Boats got bigger, travelled farther and became ever more sophisticated. Yet today’s globalised industry still relies on the same resources and is still at the mercy of the same uncertainties as the earliest fishers.

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Chapter 2 describes the history of fishing and what has and hasn’t changed over the thousand centuries people have been catching fish.


When was the first fishing legislation enacted?
Sumerian and Babylonian writings from 5000 BC include texts dealing with fishing rights.
Find out more on chapter 2

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