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I am still a bit of a newbie, so I am not sure how all elements of a property "fit in" to a permaculture framework. We have 12 acres with about 6 cleared. We have retirement property with a spring fed, 1/2 acre pond stocked with bass and bream. So...
1) what uses exist for such a pond?
2) is it big enough to use for growing a sufficient number of fish to use as a food source? (At the deepest point, it is probably 8 to 12 feet deep)
3) if so, what type of fish?
4) what else do I need to know about ponds and permaculture?

 
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What uses?  Recreation, water for crops, water for fire protection, fish, mitigating winter temperatures for nearby plants come to mind.

A half acre pond should be plenty big enough for fish for a food source.  

As for types of fish, sorry can't help there.  Maybe check other ponds in the area?

What else do you need to know?  Read through this forum.  Pretty much anything anyone could want to know about
permaculture and ponds has been covered here, and there is a quite a bit.  
 
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Bass and bream are both excellent fish to have in your pond.  Are you wanting to add more fish?

Check with your local fish supplier for what they offer. For me, that might be the local feed store or the State Aquarium.

If you have grandkids you might consider a small boat or paddleboat.  I always think of ponds as a place to go swimming.
 
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I found this researching around
Fish for farm ponds
 
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