Extract from the 'Annual report of the Fishery Board for Scotland', 1851.
The Fishery Board for Scotland was founded in 1909 to develop the herring fishing industry. It was responsible for regulating the boats, nets and processing of the catch. A network of inspectors ensured that the standards were met. It also provided funding for building harbours and boats to encourage fishing activity. It gradually came to oversee all types of fishing and published an annual report of its activities. These reports are a hugely valuable resource for historians.
'Various kinds of nets which had begun to be used extensively by an irregular class of Fishermen, to the great detriment of the Fisheries, and to the injury of the established Fishermen, have been prohibited, and this with the entire concurrence and the grateful thanks of an immense majority of the Fishermen upon every part of the coasts of Scotland.'