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Title: Report of the Commissioner for the year ending June 30, 1899
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: United States Comission of Fish and Fisheries
Contributing Library: Clemson University Libraries
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FISHERMENS HOMES AND FISH NETS, AT PALO SECOt NEAR MOUTH OF BAYAMON RIVER FISHERIES OF PORTO RICO. 25 with calabash roots that are very strong and, after being water-soaked,pliable. A small door in the back of the pot permits the removal ofthe catch. No bait is nsed in the pots, as its presence attracts thenumerous sharks which often destroy pots containing fish. These potshave a wide mouth, the entrance narrowing as it passes with a curveinto the pot. Fish entrapped do not often escape, and serve as decoysto other fish. From 6 to 12 pots are used by each boat. At Arroyo, as elsewhere, when under Spanish rule, exclusive privi-leges to fish in the most desirable localities were sold, and often includedprivileges for fishing in the rivers and their mouths. The records of thefisheries at this place were not saved by the former captain of the port.At present fishing is free and no record is made of men or of the catch.
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Bamboo fish pot or trap in general use in Porto Rico. The Patillas Eiver, a small stream having its outlet a few miles eastof Arroyo, is reported as being well supplied with fish, which are takenby weirs, haul seines, and cast nets. The fresh and salt water fish taken in the vicinity of Arroyo are soldfresh from a few rough tables near the water front, or peddled throughthe country by men on foot and on horseback. As a rule prices are highto the consumers, ranging from 7 to 12 cents a pound for undressed fish.Imported dry fish are often cheaper than fresh fish and much more indemand. PUNTA SANTIAGO. This place is of some importance as a receiving and distributingpoint for the rich and thickly settled district of Humacao. The porthas about 1,000 inhabitants, a custom-house, and a few stores. The 26 REPORT OF COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND FISHERIES. town of Humacao is 5 miles inland. Large quantities of dry and freshfish are consumed in the district, the former being received from Ponceand S
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