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where catches were disposed of and the vessels outfitted before returning to the fishing grounds.
Herring.—These fish were as abundant as ever on the west and east coasts of Vancouver island. The quantity landed annually varies as a rule with the condition of the markets, and the demand. The catch for 1921 was somewhat less than that for the preceding year owing to the temporary slackness in the demand for dry salted herring from the Orient. The demand for herring cured in the Scotch style was better in the eastern part of the United States. Efforts were made to pack a much larger quantity. A sufficient quantity of fish of the right quality was not secured, however, and the pack, although double that for the preceding year, fell far short of what was prepared for. Several companies operated purse-seines for herring at places within thirty miles of Prince Rupert during the season, and a very considerable quantity was taken. The fish were mainly disposed of for bait.
Pilchards.—These are very abundant on the west coast of Vancouver Island. They are mostly canned. The pack of 1921 was only 16,091 cases, fihereas the one for the preceding year amounted to 91,929 cases. The smaller pack was due altogether to poor market conditions. New outlets have been recently found for the canned product, however, and it is anticipated that the pack will increase in volume annually.
Other Sea Fish.—In addition to the foregoing, which constitute the chief kinds landed in British Columbia, such varieties as cod, flatfish, smelts, sturgeon, oysters, clams, etc., were landed in the usual quantities. These taken together contribute a considerable part to the total annual value.
1?-hales. The market conditions were not such as to warrant the operation of the British Columbia whaling stations during 1921. Consequently there were no whales reported as having been landed.
Summary of Production, 1921
The following table gives a statement for the whole of Canada of all fish caught and marketed during 1921. For each kind the total caught and the value at the vessel's or boat's side is first given, this being followed by statements showing the form in which each kind was marketed and the value.
2. Quantity and Value of All Fish Caught and Marketed, Canada, during the year 1921