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The Salmon Fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895-96   By: (1865-1941)

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"The Salmon Fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895-96" by Hugh M. Smith is an expansive and meticulous account of the state of the salmon fishery during a specific period in history. Smith's dedication to detail and his thorough research make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of fisheries or the ecological changes over time.

Smith's work is divided into different sections, each providing valuable insights into the salmon fishery of Penobscot Bay and River. He begins with an overview of the geographical and historical context, which helps readers understand the significance of the fishery in the region. Smith's attention to detail is evident as he describes the various fishing methods employed and the challenges faced by fishermen during those times.

One of the standout features of this book is Smith's methodical approach to data collection and analysis. He presents extensive statistical information, including catch records, fluctuations in fish populations, and observations on salmon habitats. Through his meticulous documentation, Smith successfully brings to life the intricate dynamics of the fishery, allowing readers to understand the complexities involved in sustaining this valuable resource.

Smith's expertise in marine biology shines throughout the book. His insightful observations on the life cycle of salmon, their behavior, and environmental factors impacting their population are impressive. His understanding of the interplay between human activities and the natural environment is clearly conveyed, providing a valuable lesson in the delicate balance that must be maintained for a sustainable fishery.

While this book is undoubtedly an impressive work of historical documentation and naturalist study, it may not appeal to a wide audience. The level of detail and scientific terminology used might be overwhelming for those without a specific interest in fisheries or marine biology. However, for researchers, historians, or individuals with an affinity for this subject matter, Smith's comprehensive study is a treasure trove of information.

"The Salmon Fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895-96" stands as a testament to the dedication of Hugh M. Smith in preserving and documenting our natural heritage. His work serves as a valuable reference for future generations and highlights the importance of understanding the past to ensure a sustainable future.

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BAY AND RIVER IN 1895 96

E text prepared by Ronald Calvin Huber while serving as Penobscot Bay Watch, Rockland, Maine, with technical assistance from Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D.

THE SALMON FISHERY OF PENOBSCOT BAY AND RIVER IN 1895 96

by

HUGH M. SMITH

Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission , 1898 Pages 113 124

Contents

Introduction

Extent and condition of the fishery in 1895 and 1896

Detailed statistics for 1895 and 1896

Comparative data relative to the salmon fishery

Apparatus and methods of the fishery

Salmon at Matinicus and Ragged islands

Salmon at the Cranberry Isles

Salmon caught with hook off Maine coast

Destruction of salmon by seals

Evidences of results of propagation

Extension of salmon hatching operations on the Penobscot

Planting of quinnat salmon and steelhead trout in Maine streams

During the months of August and September, 1896, the writer visited the shores of Penobscot River and Bay in the interests of the United States Fish Commission, for the purpose of securing data regarding the condition and extent of the salmon, shad, and alewife fisheries. Special attention was given to the salmon fishery, as the Penobscot is now the only important salmon stream on the Atlantic coast of the United States and has been the field for very extensive fish cultural operations on the part of the Fish Commission... Continue reading book >>




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