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A descriptive survey of the bottom longline fishery in the Gulf of Mexico
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    "The Gulf of Mexico red snapper-grouper fishery had its orgin off the north western coast of Florida some 15 or 20 years prior to the Civil War., The fishery was small and limited primarily to craft fishing nearby waters, The catch was sold to such area markets as New Orleans, Mobile and Pensacola, for local consumption. It was not until the early 1870's, when the first packing house was built in Pensacola, that the fishing really started on a large scale. A revolution occurred in the fishery when schooners began bringing in ice from Maine as early as 1868 however, natural ice soon became too expensive to use because of increased shipping costs. In 1895, ice manufacturing plants began production at economical prices, and vessels were modified to carry it, thus extending their fishing range and increasing the catch potential"--Introduction, paragraph 1.
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