Journal of Oyster Survey, February - March 1898, F2-1

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Abstract

This is the first of two notebooks containing a journal of an oyster survey of Louisiana conducted by the United States Bureau of Fisheries. It is includes entries for dates February 2 - 20, 1898. Entries include numbered measurements of temperatures, density, and depth as well as journal-style entries. These are listed by date and location and describe current oyster harvesting practices in the area; characteristics of observed oyster beds; ships used and types of vessels observed; descriptions and measurements of specimens of shells, oysters, and mussels collected and observed; effects of environmental conditions on oyster populations; sites of decreasing oyster populations; and details from interviews with oyster fishermen. Locations in Louisiana include the vicinity of Oyster Bay, Shell Island, Carajo [West Karako Bay], Ninemile Bayou, and Threemile Bayou.

Date Range

1898

Start Date

Feb 02, 1898

End Date

Feb 20, 1898

Access Information

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Topic

  • Ostreidae
  • Oysters

Place

  • Ninemile Bayou
  • United States
  • Louisiana
  • Oyster Bay
  • Threemile Bayou
  • Shell Island
  • West Karako Bay

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007184

Collection name

United States Bureau of Fisheries, Records, circa 1877-1948

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 17 Folder 2