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Salmon Fishermen

of Fogo District 1865

Salmon Fishermen of Fogo District 1865 Part of Report given by James FITZGERALD, ESQ, JP, on Salmon Rivers, and other places where the Salmon Fishery is carried on with Salmon nets, in the Fogo Division of the District of Twillingate and Fogo, dated Nov 24, 1865 (1866 Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland 1st session of the 9th General Assembly)

           
Name of Salmon Rivers and Fisheries By Whom fished or occupied Titles by which the occupants hold and claim them Period of such possession or occupancy Average annual produce of each River or Fishery General Observations
           
Windmill Brook George GUDGER Occupancy Several years 3 tierces There is a large pond inside this brook, about fifty yards from the salt water, in which salmon is frequently hauled.
Dead Man Bay Brook Richard CHALK, George SMITH Occupancy Several years 17 tierces There is also a pond inside this brook, about 150 yards from the saltwater, in which Salmon is caught in nets.
Straight Shore, or Anchor Brook John DAY Jr Occupancy Several years 6 tierces There is a large pond about half a mile inside this brook.
Ragged Harbor Brook John HEAD (?) Occupancy Several years 6 tierces A small brook.
White Point Auplias (?) DAY Occupancy Several years 3 tierces An outside or salt water fishery.
Apsey Cove Robert SHELLY Occupancy Several years 10 tierces An outside or salt water fishery.
Rocky Bay John DAY and Sons Occupancy 36 years 8 tierces An outside or salt water fishery.
Dog Bay Brook George HODDER and others Occupancy 60 years or more 6 tierces The present possessor was born on the premises, a fine brook - Salmon very scarce there of late years.
Bloody Arm John WHEATON Occupancy Several years 3 tierces An outside or salt water fishery.
Beaver Cove Joseph & Samuel BRENTON Occupancy Several years 6 tierces An outside or salt water fishery.
Gander Bay Brook Wm HODDER & Sons, Joseph HOFF (?), Elias BLAKE, and Jno BUSSEY Occupancy 80 years or more 20 tierces This is one of the finest Salmon rivers in the Northern Districts, it is only surpassed by Exploits River. The HODDER family had possession of this River fully 80 years ago.
Clark's Point William GILLINGHAM & Sons Occupancy 50 years or more 6 tierces Outside fishery.
           

The following were entries under the heading "Outside or Salt Water Fishery"

Cape Fogo Robert WELLON, John SANDY, William EATON, Henry CLUETT Occupancy Several years 20 tierces These places are free and open to all persons having nets. There are several other persons who catch Salmon in cod nets and this class of nets are not so numerous in every creek and cove in our District, that they are, or will be in the course of time, the ruination of the hook-and-line fishery and Salmon fishery also, for there is no doubt but they catch the largest Salmon that comes on the coast and a good many of them too. An old Salmon catcher informed me a short time ago, that he was sure that all the large breeding Salmon would soon be gone, as they were caught by the large mesh cod net and salmon nets. He said there ought to be a law that the mesh of any Salmon net should not be larger than 4 1/2 inches.
Wild Cove, near Seldom-come-by William HARNET, William MORGAN Occupancy Several years 20 tierces  
Seldom-come-by John HODNOT (?) Sr Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Hare Bay William and George COLE Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Fogo Henry MILLER, John and William PARKS (?), John LUDLOW Occupancy Several years 10 tierces  
Bard Island and Shoal Bay James ROLLS Occupancy Several years 2 tierces  
Oliver's Cove, Tilton Harbor Widow C???EEN Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Change Islands SCAMMEL & PARSONS Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Change Islands John JEANS, Sr Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Change Islands George and Henry PORTER Occupancy Several years 5 tierces  
Change Islands John JEANS, Jr Occupancy Several years 3 tierces  

Contributed and Transcribed by Linda Elkins-Schmitt (October 2004)

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