Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The subject of fishing, or the (attempted) capture offish or other aquatic animals for commercial, subsistence, or recreational purposes, encompasses many disciplines. It has a rich and complex history and holds much significance for many reasons in a plethora of historical and contemporary cultures and civilizations. The earliest recordings of fishing for pleasure, recreation, and sport in Western society date back to the latter part of the 13th century. The act of fishing is thought to have been practiced across the globe for over 40,000 years. It has a significant and complex sociocultural history, features prominently in the world's leading religions, and carries with it great symbolism and folklore. Many cultures and civilizations have traditionally placed high value on the practice of fishing as a means of survival and for its skill and artistry. Evidence of this can be found in the prominence given to depictions of piscatorial pursuits in ...