Fish Catching Methods of the World
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In the sixteen years since the last edition of Von Brant’s classic work was published, fishing and fisheries have undergone vast changes. Not only has there been great progress in the development of new tools, materials and techniques, but the industry has seen an increasing need to address controversial issues such as declining fish stocks, enormous quantities of bycatch and discard and the impact of towed fishing gear on the environment. Fully revised and updated to reflect such changes, the fourth edition of this widely read and popular book offers:

  • A unique, comprehensive survey of the evolution of fishing methods throughout the world
  • Approximately 750 illustrations showing the extensive range of methods, techniques and equipment used in fishing across the globe
  • Fishing gear classified according to the FAO system
  • Additional chapters: Fishing Effects on Fish Stocks and Environment and Fishery and Gear Research

All researchers, fisheries scientists, fisheries students, administrators and libraries in universities and research establishments where fish and fisheries are studied and taught will find this book a valuable addition to their shelves. Commercial and sports fishermen will also find Fish Catching Methods of the World a fascinating and vital reference.


Chapter one.

Catching methods in fisheries; an introduction.

Chapter two.

Fishing by gathering.

Chapter three.

Male and female divers.

Chapter four.

Animals as a help in fisheries.

Chapter five.

Fish harvesting after stupefying.


Chapter six.

Spearing, harpooning and shooting fish.

Chapter seven.

Fishing with clamps, tongs, rakes and wrenching gear.

Chapter eight.

Line fishing:basic implements.

Chapter nine.

Line fishing: gear and methods.

Chapter ten.

Fishing for sport and recreation.

Chapter eleven.

Attracting, concentrating and frightening fish.

Chapter twelve.

Pole-hooks and rippers.

Chapter thirteen.

Net material and the art of net-making.

Chapter fourteen.

Natural and artificial shelters.

Chapter fifteen.

Permanent and temporary barriers.

Chapter sixteen.



Chapter seventeen.

Fishing in the air.

Chapter eighteen.

Mechanical fishing gear: traps, lines and snares.

Chapter nineteen.



Chapter twenty.

Entangling nets.

Chapter twenty one.

The drive-in fishery.

Chapter twenty two.

Cover pots and cast nets.

Chapter twenty three.

Liftnets and fish wheels.

Chapter twenty four.

From the scoop basket to the stow net.

Chapter twenty five.

Dredges and beamtrawls.

Chapter twenty six.

Fishing with bottom trawls.

Chapter twenty seven.

Trawl fisheries in three dimensions.

(Fishing with pelagic trawls).

Chapter twenty eight.

Seining in fresh and sea water.

Chapter twenty nine.

Fish shoals and surrounding nets.

Chapter thirty.

Fishing systems and harvesting machines.

Chapter thirty one.

Fishery and gear research.

Chapter thirty two.

Fishing effects on fish stocks and environment.

Appendix .

Classification of catching methods.

A.1 Principles of classification.

A.2 Main groups of catching methods.

A.3 Revised classification.


Subject index.

Species and product index


"For those not familiar with the incredible range of gear types and fishing methods being employed, the book should hold a great deal of fascination."
Reviews in Fisheries Science, November 2006

"This is a classic and most comprehensive reference available in this very wide subject. It was first published in 1964 and this is the fourth is undoubtedly a useful book and the best available."
Ausmarine, January 2007