FISH AND FUR (Historic Information)
The products of the fish and fur industry between Dixon Entrance and Cooks Inlet for 1908 will aggregate about eight millions of dollars, and employ about ten thousand persons. The professional trapper and hunter has largely given way to a modern commercial corporation. The fishing and cannery work is done by Indian, Chinese and Japanese, under directions of a white superintendent.
Many of the cod and halibut boats tie up in Puget Sound for the winter, and the canney crews during the off season go to their homes, or other employment.
The Government keeps several cruisers, cutters and other boats for service on the Pacific and Arctic seas, most important of which is the fleet of revenue cutters.
The most difficult duty for these cutters is to watch the seal heard, and apprehend alien poachers who attempt to raid the rookies or fish within the three-mile limit. At this moment the fleet lies beautifully at rest in the harbor at Seattle (April 29th, 1909), and the news is cabled down that the seal heard is going north to the Pribloff Islands, and is now passing Sitka, followed by Japanese poachers, who are taking them illegally, without hindrance. But that kind of service to Alaska is about the same as it has received since 1867. A few days later Mr. Shoup, U. S. Marshall at Sitka, armed a launch and took about 30 Japanese poachers, 12 skins and a boat, for illegal sealing.
A more specific statement of the fur and fish industry will be included in the second division of this book.