The sea fisheries of Great Britain and Ireland

9781150616686: The sea fisheries of Great Britain and Ireland
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1883 Excerpt: ... Saltee ground, and farther out, on the Nymph Bank. The latter has been for many years famous for the variety and abundance of its fish, but its distance from the land, 30 or 40 miles, has interfered with systematic fishing on it, so much time being lost in going to and returning from the ground. The Hull system of packing the fish in ice as soon as caught, seems peculiarly suited to this case; and at one time a steamer was purchased to be used as a carrier; but unfortunately she was at first employed in trawling in the open part of Waterford Harbour, and this was more than the small-boat fishermen could put up with. It was at a time when the native feeling was very strong against the large trawlers, and the appearance of a steam trawler gave rise to opposition of such a violent character, that it became necessary to send her away. Dunmore, on the west side of the entrance to the harbour, is the trawling station; and this kind of fishing in deep water continues to be successfully carried on. A curious bye-law is in force in Waterford Harbour, by which trawlers exceeding 10 tons are excluded from certain parts of it. A short time ago the limit was 5 tons, but it has been recently enlarged. The effect of this bye-law is, that only those boats which can work in shoal water, where the young fish most abound, aro allowed to do so; the privilege of destroying the small fry is limited to those who can do it most effectually! The professed object of this regulation was to prevent the large trawlers from catching the young fish; its real object was to quiet the turbulent spirit of the small fishermen by keeping the large trawlers out of their way. There is a good deal of line fishing here also, and seans are used for mackerel and sprats when the fish come within reac...

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