The History of Fishing
Throughout history man has had many ways of putting food into their mouths. There are a few ways that lead the pack in providing food to live. One of the most proven and successful techniques is fishing. The history of fishing is a very and long and colorful past. Fishing has evolved in many ways since past time, through career, and means of survival all across the world. Fishing has been a huge part in almost every culture around the world. If fish did not exist on the planet, the future as we know it would not exist and possibly the world would be a barren lifeless wasteland with little to no life in existence. There are thousands of species of fish that range from saltwater to freshwater and continent to continent. Throughout the history of mankind fishing has provided a means of survival for human beings on the earth. In the pages to follow one will experience the history of fishing in many ways. History such as the earliest known forms of fishing, advancement of equipment, fishing for sport, and the fish market, will provide information about the relationship between humans and fish throughout the ages. The history must start somewhere and the beginning of the first humans to consume fish would be a good start. Before there was agriculture and the domestication of animals, the preferred method of life for humans was that of hunting and gathering. Early nomads ate all types of eatable wild vegetation and hunted all kinds of animals including fish. In an article on the methods of fishing, an unknown author states, “The Upper Paleolithic period is the time in which scientists are first discovering that these people fished.” (1) This statement shows how early man went to the waters to seek food to survive. One can only imagine what it was like for the first person to catch and consume such a weird creature. With hard slimy looking scales and fins fish do not look very appetizing from the outside, but once a bite had been taken nomads would soon realize that they had struck nature’s eatable gold. Fish would go on to become a vital resource for man all around the world. In some areas it would become the main food source for whole villages or groups of family. Without the discovery of catching and eating fish living would have been much harder due to the limited supply and choice for food. In order to get these new found treasures man started to think of ways to catch these aquatic animals. The first known form of catching fish were primitive tools and by hand. Author Robert Lackey says, “Early humans obtained fin fish, shellfish, and other aquatic life along the shores of lakes, rivers, and oceans” (2) explaining how the first humans found fish and other sea life. People used sharpened wooden stick and rocks to make spears to kill the fish. This method worked great for many areas of world. The person would either walk around the shallow water of tidal pools or shallow creeks and ponds or spear small fish to eat. When these smaller fish ran out of became inefficient to eat man moved to deeper water. New techniques and ways of catching fish began to develop through this expansion. Another primitive way that man caught fish was through traps. When the fish were to small and quick to kill with a spear man devised ways to wrangle or trap them. There are hundreds of different types of traps that were made and used around the world and all had there different applications. The most common traps used to catch fish involved smaller fish where the oceans and seas meat land. Early natives would find shallow tidal pools along the shore that had low natural trenches that fed into these pools, when the tied came in water would cover the pool and the trench. When the water was still at high tide the person would block the trenches with stones and large rocks, when the tied went out the water way through the trench would be blocked. This in turn would trap the fish until the tide came back in making it easier for...
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