Founders of fish culture - European origins

Progressive Fish-Culturist



Just where true fish culture appeared in history depends entirely upon what one considers fish culture to be. If the transportation of fishes from regions of plenty to those of few is to be regarded as fish culture - as it is by some even today - then this story should start in remotest antiquity and deal with an amazing series of failures. However, fish culture to be classed as a science must include far more than mere transportation, it must include a deliberate effort on the part of man to master a technique of fish raising which will yield results far superior to Nature's. Accordingly, the wheel of history must be spun forward to the fifteenth century, A. D., when man first conceived the idea that with care and exactitude, he could improve upon Nature. The fish cultural efforts of the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans may be skipped over in a hurry, for they represented little more than the transportation and rearing of wild fish. With the renaissance of modern civilization in Europe came the birth of scientific fish culture.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Founders of fish culture - European origins
Series title Progressive Fish-Culturist
DOI 10.1577/1548-8640(1936)316[8:FOFCEO]2.0.CO;2
Volume 16
Year Published 1936
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Publisher location Philadelphia, PA
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 8
Last page 10
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