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Observations regarding the salmon fishery of Scotland. Especially with reference to the stake-net mode of fishing; the regulation of the close-time; and the necessity of a legislative revisal of the antiquated Scots Statutes at present applicable to these subjects.
Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute; and James Duncan, London. 1824. 8vo., (2) + 60pp., with Robert Ferguson's name in ink> in a contemporary hand at head of title, recent marbled boards lettered on spine. A very good copy. First edition. An anonymous but remarkably informed review of the Scottish salmon industry, particularly focussing on dates of close season and on the relatively new method of fishing with stake nets, which had been introduced on the Tay as recently as 1797. Stake nets were barricades of netting supported by wooden stakes erected across the estuary sand flats at low tide. This had revolutionised fishing in the lower estuaries, but resulted in numerous legal challenges by fishing interests upstream. Made illegal in 1812 for use in estuaries, in the 1820s stake nets began to be used in the open sea, including either side of the mouth of the Tay, for example.
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