This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...Until a few years ago the
wonderful fishery resources of Alaska were little known except to
the natives of the country. Attention was called to this distant
portion of the United States by Dr. Tarleton H. Bean, of the United
States Fish Commission, in the report of the Commission for 1880.
This report was extensively copied and was read with great
interest, and its accounts of the wonderful abundance of salmon and
other fish were by many received with doubts similar to those
entertained two hundred and fifty years before regarding the
reports carried to Europe as to the abundance of fish off the New
England coast. Time has proved that the statements of Dr. Bean were
quite moderate and fully rebable. Notwithstanding the great
abundance of fish in Alaskan waters, the total value of the fish
utilized in 1880 by others than natives was shown to have been
insignificant. Soon after attention had been called to Alaska and
its resources by the United States Fish Commission, many persons
engaged in the salmon business on the Columbia and other coast
rivers gave the subject of Alaskan fisheries careful consideration.
Although the fish were very abundant, the great distance of the
grounds and the expense necessary to establish a plant there were
considered to involve too great a risk to warrant the inauguration
of fisheries. The first experiment having proven a financial
success, the doubtful watchers, slowly at first and later with more
eagerness, followed, until at the present time it will be seen that
over half of the aggregate pack of salmon in the United States and
nearly half of the pack of the entire world comes from Alaska. The
large area, and the wide distances between inhabited stations of
this vast domain, render the gathering of complete...
|Country of origin:
• United States Government
||246 x 189 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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