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Fishing, Tacuinum Sanitatis, Biblioteca Casanatense (14th century)

Fishing is the activity of catching fish. Fishing techniques include netting, trapping, spearing, angling and hand gathering. The term fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as different types of shellfish, squid, octopus, turtles, frogs, and some edible marine invertebrates. Fishing is not usually applied to catching aquatic mammals such as whales, where the term "whaling" is more appropriate, or to commercial fish farming. In addition to providing food through harvesting fish, modern fishing is both a recreational and professional "sport". According to FAO statistics, the total number of fishermen and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fisheries provide direct and indirect employment to an estimated 200 million people. In 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms.

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This article is about hot fish soup as prepared in the Pannonian region.

Fish soup (Russian: уха, Hungarian: halászlé; Bulgarian: рибена чорба, ribena chorba; Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian: riblja čorba, riblji paprikaš; Macedonian: рибина чорба, ribina čorba; Greek: ψαρόσουπα, psarosoupa) is hot soup prepared with mixed river fish, characteristic for cuisines of the Pannonian plain and the Balkans, especially the wider region around the river Danube. The meal originates from Slavic cuisine.

Traditionally, fish soup is prepared in small kettles on open fire by fishermen themselves.

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Salmon offered for sale at Seattle, Washington's Pike Place Market.
Credit: Fawcett5

Salmon is the common name for several species of fish of the family Salmonidae. Several other fish in the family are called trout. Salmon live in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Great Lakes and other land locked lakes.

Salmon has long been at the heart of the culture and livelihood of coastal dwellers. Most peoples of the Northern Pacific shore had a ceremony to honor the first return of the year. For many centuries, people caught salmon as they swam upriver to spawn. A famous spearfishing site on the Columbia River at Celilo Falls was inundated after great dams were built on the river. The Ainu, of northern Japan, taught dogs how to catch salmon as they returned to their breeding grounds en masse.



"Blast fishing or dynamite fishing describes the practice of using dynamite, homemade bombs or other explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. This practice can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the shockwaves often destroy the underlying habitat (such as coral reefs close to a coastline) that supports the fish. The frequently improvised nature of the explosives used also means danger for the fishermen as well, with accidents and injuries."

---Clotho (started the Blast fishing article)

Did you know...

  • ...fishing is a very ancient practise that dates back to the Mesolithic period. Arpón con microlitos.png
  • ...fishing scenes are rarely represented in ancient Greek culture, a reflection of the low social status of fishing. Egyptian fishery3.jpg
  • ...that the hook for angling used during the Swedish Stone Age,found in Skåne was made of bone. Metkrok av ben från stenåldern, funnen i Skåne.jpg
  • ...that the spear fishing is an ancient method of fishing and may be conducted with an ordinary spear or a specialised variant such as an eel spear or the trident. Fishing arrow Guyana.JPG

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