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Australia: Discovery of Ancient Aquaculture System after the fires

The Budj Bim aquatic system, found in south-eastern Australia, is said to be older than the pyramids of Egypt. Built over 6,000 years ago by native Australians to trap and harvest eels for food, the channels have been discovered after the massive wildfires have burnt away the thick vegetation in the state of Victoria.

According to the UNESCO, Gunditjmara people used this system to redirect and modify waterways in order to increase aquaculture yield.

“The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions, knowledge, practices and ingenuity of the Gunditjmara,” it said.

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