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A.-INQUIRY INTO THE DECREASE OF FOOD-FISHES.
WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES.
COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND FISHERIES,
His report for the year 1876–77.
MARCH 27, 1878.-Ordered to lie on the table and be printed.
UNITED STATES COMMISSION, FISH AND FISHERIES,
Washington, March 18, 1878. GENTLEMEN : In compliance with the order of Congress I have the bonor to transmit herewith my report for the yeat 1876–77, as United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries, embracing, first, the result of inquiries into the condition of the fisheries of the sea-coast and lakes of the United States; and, second, the history of the measures taken for the introduction of useful food-fishes into its waters. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SPENCER F. BAIRD,
Commissioner. Hon. WM. A. WHEELER,
President United States Senate, and
Hon. S. J. RANDALL,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
B.-INQUIRIES INTO THE HISTORY AND STATISTICS OF FOOD-FISHES.
Movements and final disposition of steamer
Assistance rendered to Commission
By private parties...
By the Dominion minister of customs
By the minister of marine and fisheries
3. GENERAL RESULT OF THE FIELD-WORK OF 1877.
Continuation of previous researches
Discovery of the pole-flounder, a new and valuable food-fish
Its economical value and geographical distribution..
Reasons why previously unknown..
Facts connected with distribution of marine fishes.
Large collections made for the National Museum, and for distribution to colleges and
Superintendence of work of naming and assorting
C.-THE HALIFAX CONVENTION.
4. THE TREATY OF WASHINGTON ....
Unsettled fishery questions between the United States and British North America
Sbelter and supplies..
Privileges of Treaty of 1818.
Fishery clauses of Washington Treaty.
Explanation of provisions....
Ratification in 1873..
Appointment of Commissioners and counsel
General preliminaries ...