The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Canadian-American Contest for the Great Lakes Fish Harvest, 1872-1914
Publication:
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2001, p. 1-21


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Creator:
Bogue, Margaret Beattie, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Articles
Description:
Neglected in the history of the Canadian-American experience on Great Lakes waters, the acerbic and at times violent interaction between American commercial fishers and defenders of Canadian fish resources deserves attention. As tenders of the nets competed for the rich harvests of the Inland Seas, friction, minor incidents, and bad feelings developed notably after 1870, escalated during the late nineteenth century, and reached a climax in the first decade of the twentieth. This paper proposes to explain the reasons for and nature of that conflict and to depict some of the major and minor episodes arising from the clash of nationals. Finally it illustrates how and why the Canadians and Americans tried and failed in their efforts to establish international cooperation designed to minimize frictions and to preserve the marine resource.
Date of Publication:
Jul 2001
Date Of Event:
1872-1914
Subject(s):
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.316214025125 Longitude: -80.65996221875
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Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rights holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder:
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation:
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, XI, No. 3 (July 2001), 1-21.
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
The Canadian-American Contest for the Great Lakes Fish Harvest, 1872-1914
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The Canadian-American Contest for the Great Lakes Fish Harvest, 1872-1914


Neglected in the history of the Canadian-American experience on Great Lakes waters, the acerbic and at times violent interaction between American commercial fishers and defenders of Canadian fish resources deserves attention. As tenders of the nets competed for the rich harvests of the Inland Seas, friction, minor incidents, and bad feelings developed notably after 1870, escalated during the late nineteenth century, and reached a climax in the first decade of the twentieth. This paper proposes to explain the reasons for and nature of that conflict and to depict some of the major and minor episodes arising from the clash of nationals. Finally it illustrates how and why the Canadians and Americans tried and failed in their efforts to establish international cooperation designed to minimize frictions and to preserve the marine resource.