Fish farming is very old. The Romans were able to maintain and raise fish in brackish water along the Italian coast. They probably learned methods of primitive fish farming from the Etruscans, who in turn learned them from the Phoenicians. Any exact date of development would be pure conjecture. However, in the Mediterranean area, fish farming dates back several thousand years. Egyptian bas-reliefs have scenes depicting fish raised in ponds.


Brackish Water Fish Farming Artificial Food Trash Fish Italian Coast 
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  • E. Evan Brown
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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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