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The History of Aquaculture

Colin Nash

ISBN: 978-0-470-95886-5 November 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 236 Pages



Aquaculture has become of the fastest growing segments of agriculture around the world, but until recently many people have been unaware of its existence. The practice of raising fish is centuries old with a rich history of techniques and scientific advances. The History of Aquaculture traces the development of fish farming from its ancient roots to the technologically advanced methods of today.

The History of Aquaculture is a comprehensive history of captive fish production from its small scale prehistoric roots through to the large-scale industrialized practices of today. Thirteen chapters take readers chronologically through the evolution of this important discipline. Chapters cover key periods of advancement and trace changes in the field from subsistence fish farming in the Middle Ages through the efforts to build global capacity for fish production to meet the needs of the world's ever growing population.

Informative and engaging, The History of Aquaculture will broadly appeal to aquaculture scientists, researchers, professionals, and students.

Special Features:

  • Comprehensive history of advances in aquaculture production from prehistoric origins to industrialized practices
  • Written by a revered scientists with decades of experience working in the aquaculture field
  • Engaging and informative it will broadly appeal to individuals involved in all facets of aquaculture


1 Fish and Shellfish as Food.

2 Seeds in Antiquity (2000 bc to ad 500).

3 Subsistence Farming through the Middle Ages (500–1450).

4 The Slow Dawn of Science (1450–1900).

5 The Roots of Modern Aquaculture (1750–1880).

6 Farming the Sea (1880–1920).

7 Fifty Lost Years (1900–1950).

8 Aquaculture in a World at War (1935–1945).

9 Postwar Pioneering (1950–1970).

10 Uncontrolled Expansion (1965–1975).

11 The Rise of the Institutions (1970–1980).

12 Building Global Capacity (1980–2000).

13 Modern Times (twenty-first century).


End Note.


"The lively narrative style, along with the inclusion of numerous anecdotes, makes The History of Aquaculture a very easy book to read; ideal for summer reading while sitting on the veranda on a sunny afternoon. The book should have a broad appeal to all who wish to gain some insight into the way that aquaculture has developed and advanced over the centuries." (Aquaculture International, 2011)

"This work will be a useful resource for colleges with such courses. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. " (Choice, July 2011)