The Salmon Fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895-96 eBook

Hugh McCormick Smith
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 30 pages of information about The Salmon Fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895-96.

About 80 per cent of the fishing is done in that part of the river between the northern end of Whitmore Island and Islesboro.  While single weirs in that part of the river between Bucksport and Bangor may take as many as 50 or 60 salmon some seasons, the average was only 14 in 1895 and 26 in 1896, and the aggregate is comparatively small.  In the townships of Lincolnville and Camden, which are the lowest points in the Penobscot region at which salmon fishing is done, the average catch to a net in 1895 was only 16 salmon and in 1896 only 19 salmon.

Detailed statistics for 1895 and 1896.

The following tables show, by townships, the extent of the salmon fishery of Penobscot Bay and River in 1895 and 1896: 

TABLE.  Persons Employed

Towns                     |  1895   1896  |
--------------------------|  ----   ----  |
Brooksville (Cape Rosier) |    4       2  |
Bucksport                 |   10       9  |
Camden                    |    2       2  |
Castine                   |    3       2  |
Hampden                   |    1       1  |
Islesboro                 |    7       6  |
Lincolnville              |    7       7  |
Matinicus & Ragged Islands|    4       8  |
Northport                 |    7       6  |
Orland                    |   17      22  |
Orrington                 |    5       5  |
Penobscot                 |   16      15  |
Searsport                 |    3       2  |
South Brewer              |    2       2  |
Stockton and Prospect     |   17      15  |
Verona                    |   21      21  |
Winterport                |    7       8  |
|  ---     ---  |
Total              |  133     133  |

Table.  Apparatus, boats, etc.

|    Weirs and traps.*   |       Gill nets.      |
|                        |                       |
|    1895        1896    |   1895        1896    |
|  ---------   --------- | ---------   --------- |
|  No.  Value   No.  Value | No.  Value   No.  Value |
|  --- -----   --- ----- | --- -----   --- ----- |
Brooksville (Cape Rosier)|   7   $420    4   $240 |         0             |
Bucksport                |  13    511   11    455 |                       |
Camden                   |   5    200    5    200 |                       |
Castine                  |   4    252    3    201 |                       |
Hampden                  |                        |  2    $26    2    $26 |
Islesboro                |  17    925   16    875 |                       |
Lincolnville             |  12    650   14    700 |                       |
Matinicus and            |                        |                       |
Ragged Islands        |   1  1,000    2  2,500 |                       |
Northport                |  15  1,155   12  1,005 |                       |
Orland                   |  19    664   26    888 |                       |
Orrington                |   2     99    2     99 |  5     58    5     58 |


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