Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada Volume 32, No. 11
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...the shore running west as far as Point auQuart, including Vin and Black rivers. Oysters appear to be scattered over a very large area. As the water deepens very gradually, the bottom in several places is of a clear sandy soil with a few scattered shells. Oysters and brood are to be found in very fair quantities, they are single and are growing over the whole area. The greatest proportion of oysters taken during the examination were small ones. there being agreat many more brood than other oysters, which is avery healthy sign as it shows the smallones are there to replace the larger ones as they are taken. At a greater depth than fifteen feet soft mud is to be found which gradually deepens from both shores forming a wide channel between the main land and the islands. Oysters that are taken from deep water are of a superior quality to those taken from beds in shallower waters, the latter being of quicker growth. There are some shallow solid oyster beds composed of shells; these are in most cases thickly covered over with mussels, the oysters that are found there are poor in quality, as the mussels have over-run the beds. Weed and eelgrass also grow in large quantities on the flats, but where they exist only in small quantities, oysters are to be found. They are also found on the outer or north side of Egg Island which consist of extensive flats, the bottom is composed of sand, stones, shells and eelgrass; large quantities of oysters have recently been picked from there by hand, the fishermen wading in the water to obtain them when the tides are low. West of Bay du Vin Island on the south shore round to Point au Quart, the nature of the bottom is rougher and is composed of large stones and rocky ledges; very little fishing is carried on here...
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