THIS little book has been written for the useful purpose of calling public attention to the urgent need of an increased supply of mussel bait in the interests of the line fishermen, and in order that the food supply of the country may be increased. It does not contain new facts, but it summarises many old ones, and puts the results of some biological inquiries in a form in which they will be readily available for consultation by members of County Councils and others who ought to be interested in fish-culture. The general conclusion arrived at is one which has been recently pointed out in the pages of NATURE, viz. that a systematic cultivation of our foreshores, such as is now carried on in several European countries—notably France and Holland—must soon be resorted to if we wish to stop the rapid depletion of our shellfish beds.
Mussel Culture and the Bait Supply, with reference more especially to Scotland.
By W. L. Calderwood. (London: Macmillan and Co., 1895.)
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H., W. Mussel Culture and the Bait Supply, with reference more especially to Scotland. Nature 51, 578–579 (1895). https://doi.org/10.1038/051578a0