1890 Report on the Oyster Fisheries of Moreton Bay

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    First Edition.

    34cm x 21.5cm. 11 pages, 2 folding maps, 4 colour plates. Side-stapled self-wrappers.

    The 1890 report to the Queensland Parliament on the oyster fisheries of Moreton Bay, stretching a distances of 110 miles north from Point Danger in the south with tables of licenses and returns. The 1890 report came 4 years after The Oyster Act of 1886 which outlined transferrable leases for the bank and dredge collection and cultivation of oysters in Moreton Bay and attempted to make the industry more sustainable by introducing measures to stop the naked exploitation and then abandonment which earlier leases suffered from by less forward thinking license holders. The bay was divided into numerous dredge sections and portions of bank, and now having been in place since the Oyster Act of 1874 and with Fison settled into his role he largely reports on various developments related to the leases. Includes 2 large fold out maps illustrating allotments in the central, northern and southern parts of the bay and 4 hand coloured plates illustrated various lifeforms found in the bay as well as the size of fishing nets.

    Minor foxing and wear. Very Good Condition.