Extract from the 'Annual report of the Fishery Board for Scotland', 1881.
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.
Supplementary note. Transcript below:
'Showing the Number of Barrels of Herrings Cured or Salted on the West Coast of Scotland, in the year ended 31st December 1881; stated by the Districts where the Herrings were caught.
Stornoway - 48,264
Loch Broom - 4,431
Loch Carron and Skye - 64,775 1/2
Fort William - 4,507
Campbeltown - 28,862
Inverary - 38,162
Rothesay - 4,162
Greenock - 1,248
Ballantrae - 17,390'.