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Fish farming
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Before the 18th century, the farming of freshwater fish for personal consumption and for sale was significantly more widespread than it is today in many areas of central Europe. Fish-farming ponds were either natural bodies of water or were created artificially by damming. The most important commercial fish were carp, pike, and trout. The earthworks necessary for the creation of artificial ponds changed both the appearance of the landscape and its economics of water ava…

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Ebert, Jochen, “Fish farming”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031156>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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