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drawing of squirrel fish

drawing of a crab

drawing of 2 fish

Additional illustrations of
fish and other marine life can be found at the NOAA Photo Library - begin your journey at the here - see bottom of page

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These wonderful examples of artwork resulted from a study undertaken in the 1880's by George Brown Goode, Deputy Commissioner of the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries. The purpose of this study was to capture the state of the American fisheries at that time and to use the knowledge gained as a base line for future studies. Goode admirably succeeded in this, but at the same time he also captured an interesting segment of Nineteenth Century Americana and helped describe a significant part of the marine environment.

The two atlases of illustrations had 532 etchings between them that illustrated the various species of marine mammals, fish, and shellfish that were considered to be of economic value at that time and also illustrated the state of fishing vessels, fishing gear, fishing methods, and fish processing. Many of these etchings are beautiful works of art that transcend the original purpose of describing a species or capturing the fishing technology of the times.

To view more of these works, visit NOAA's Photo Library, Historical Fisheries Collection.

ship image
ship picture
men in boats
schooner in rough seas
men cleaning fish
men in ship cabin
men working on schooner
schnooer and men working with seine
men waving to ship
men processing fish
sardine cannery
workers making sardine cans
man night fishing from boat
ice fishing scene

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

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