People’s Republic of China

  • Clinton E. Atkinson


From the very earliest times, fish have provided a basic source of food for the Chinese people. Archeological records dating back some 15,000 to 50,000 years provide evidence that grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) were regularly eaten by the “mountain cave dwellers” of that period and skull bones of this fish were used as primitive ornaments. In the next 5000 to 10,000 years, hooks and spears made of bone and net weights of stone and clay were commonly found among the artifacts of this primitive civilization. There is also evidence that the method of preserving fish in salt, for use when food became scarce, was developed during this period.


Common Carp Grass Carp Inorganic Fertilizer Crucian Carp Silver Carp 


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