Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ancient intensive fishing

Intensive fishing was an ancient practice

As usual, it was those wealthy landowners who caused the environmental destruction.

Intensive fishing by humans may be more ancient than previously thought, suggests a new archaeological study, which shows that significant marine fishing may have started in the UK in the 9th century.

...“I suspect what happened was that over-fishing of freshwater stocks meant that they became a rarity and only for the wealthy landowners. As a result, marine fishing and trade in salt cod and dried herring became much more intensive and supplied the common market,” he suggests.

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