I was introduced to the system of Czech fish farming by my friend and now brother-in-law, lucky me, Thomas. At first, the idea did not seem to be very visually interesting but I so wrong. I was an amazing visual spectacle, combining modern fishing with a strong connection to the past. This sustainable aquaculture actually drains the whole lake or pond leaving a football sized area of open water for the fish to congregate. The fisherman then seine net the harvest. The fish go live into tanks and then are sold directly to the consumer. Remarkable. Harvested time is November. Pond harvest rotation is every, one, two or three years.
With its 460 fishponds, the Trebon Region is the largest centre of fish farming in the Czech Republic. The tradition of fish farming dates back to the 14th century, when the first fishponds were founded here. Originally, constructed to control flooding, Trebon’s fish farming tradition experienced its golden age during the 16th century, when the Trebon domain was ruled by the powerful Rozmberk family. Today, Trebon fish farming boasts the fine-quality Trebon-carp, the popularity of which extends beyond the boundaries of the Czech Republic.
The producer of Trebon Carp is the Fishery Trebon Company which is the largest producer of freshwater fish in the Czech Republic.
Its annual production is around 3 000 tons of fish, and carp account for 95 % of that production.