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The animal on the cover of Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook is a bream. "Bream" is the name given to a variety of salt and freshwater fish included in the genera Abramis. They are generally tall, narrow fish, between 1433 inches and 213 pounds. There are many species of bream, including the Abramis ballerus, or blue bream.
Another type of bream, the carp bream (Abramis brama), can be found in northern Europe, from France to the Caspian Sea. They are silvery green with a white belly, and they live in slow-moving or still freshwater. Carp bream spawn between April and June, when the females lay from 100,000 to 300,000 eggs, which hatch after 3 to 12 days. The fish mature in three to four years.
Bream are bottom-feeders, consuming plankton, plants, insects, worms, snails, slugs, and bivalves such as clams, scallops, and oysters. They are considered a popular sport fish, and can be caught year round with a fishing rod using bait such as maggots and chopped worms.
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