The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 10 Oct. 1823, page 3

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Fishing.--We perceive with pleasure, that several of our citizens are actively employed in making preparations to take advantage of the approaching fishing season. New fishing grounds are preparing--nets are making and mending--and every appearance indicates a determination on the part of some of our fishermen, to make the most this season, of one o the great blessings and resources of our Territory. It is also a matter of congratulation among the lovers of white fish, that a company has been formed by a few of our enterprising citizens, for the purpose of taking them and preparing them for the market in a manner somewhat different from that heretofore followed. Hitherto our fishermen have been in the practice of tossing about and bruising their fish in a most shocking manner--throwing them a rod or two from the net among stones and longs upon the beach; and in process of cleaning them for barrelling, they have generally green thrown into a tub or barrel containing a little water, and stirred and jammed about with a huge club--this is called rinsing them. The company to which we have alluded, are aware of the importance of keeping the fish unbruised, and of barrelling them when in proper condition. They are determined to have their fish handled carefully, and cleaned and thrown into brine as soon as possible after they are taken from the net--his undoubtedly will improve them greatly. We are further informed that great pains will be taken in salting them, and saltpetre and other ingredients will be added to improve their flavor. We trust all fishermen will follow the example of the company--they should recollect that their profits will in a great measure depend upon the quality of their merchandize.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 10 Oct. 1823, page 3