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Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fishing sometimes takes place in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping.

The term fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as molluscs, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales, where the term whaling is more appropriate.

According to FAO statistics, the total number of commercial fishermen and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people in developing countries.<ref>Fisheries and Aquaculture in our Changing Climate Policy brief of the FAO for the UNFCCC COP-15 in Copenhagen, December 2009.</ref> In 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In addition to providing food, modern fishing is also a recreational pastime.


Fishing sections
Intro   History    Techniques    Tackle    Fishing vessels    Traditional fishing    Recreational fishing    Fishing industry    Fisheries management    Cultural impact   See also   Notes    References    Further reading    External links   

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