Fish trap

A Reuse ( in Ostfriesland also: Fuke ) is a stationary device for catching fish and other aquatic animals. Pig traps are now used for the detection of amphibians.


The oldest fish traps were derived plants of stone or sticks that the fish first in a basin ( basin ), but then harder for them to return or block altogether. Traps have been known since the Mesolithic. A fish trap made ​​of hazel rods in the sea at the mouth of the river Verkeån in Skåne ( Skåne) in southern Sweden dates back to 7000 BC.


Traps can be either in the form of Construction Equipment Lock / obstacles or devices in the form of baskets.

Traditional fish trap in East Timor

Wire fish trap with funnel

Aalreuse with CNet

Reuse at the fish ladder of Iffezheim

Crab pots:

Traps are barrel - or cone-shaped and usually made ​​of wicker, wire or wire mesh, nowadays made ​​of plastic, with a funnel-shaped entrance through the back to find the once got in aquatic animals not again. There are several forms and manifestations of traps. In some attractant are used, while in others it is hoped that the animals arrive without such in the trap.

To increase the productivity of fish traps, they are modified: One possibility is the funnel through which the animals get into the interior Reuse to enlarge; another is to install a so-called CNet. At this routing network, the animals are passed along and then culminate in Chartreuse body.

Fish traps are manufactured specifically for different types of fish, but the most common manifestations are eel traps. Other fish are more likely to be caught with gill nets or other fishing methods. Eel traps are usually made ​​of a mesh fabric and collapsible. They are usually ejected from the boat in the direction of travel, and then fixed.

Traps every day, at least every second controls on fishing. Traps may be interpreted only with permission of waters operator /, owner and a valid fishing license.

Archeological Sites of traps


  • Dublin, Ireland ( Middle Stone Age )
  • Verkeån, Skåne, southern Sweden 7000 BC
  • Mollegabet, Nidlöse Denmark ( Ertebølle culture)
  • Vlaardingen, The Netherlands ( Vlaardingen culture)
  • Smakkerup Huse Denmark ( Ertebølle culture)
  • Tribsees, Germany ( Duvensee Group)


  • Hardinxveld, Netherlands ( Swifterbant culture)
  • Muntelier Square frets, Male Born- Schanz, ( Switzerland ) Wet soil settlement
  • Federseemuseum, ( Germany ) Wet soil settlement

Middle Ages

  • Castrop -Rauxel leakage ( District of Recklinghausen ) 4th century
  • 4 Bunratty, Ireland, 960 ± 20 BP ( GRN- 21933 )