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International Fishery Statistics


THE publication of the eighth Annual Statistical Bulletin of the International Council for Fishery Investigations is of interest from the point of view of questions of post-war reconstruction. When the coun cil began its work in 1902 it was decided that an annual summary of the commercial fishery statistics of the maritime countries of northern Europe should be compiled. Probably no one except those actually engaged in this task of compilation has ever really appreciated the difficulties of this work. There is no uniformity in the methods of collection of fishery statis tics in the countries participating in the schemes of investigation; the ideals of detail and accuracy have always been very different, and official custom and tradition have made it exceedingly difficult to modify or change the methods. To all this we must add inter national susceptibilities; thus some of the official re ports of the International Council are framed in diplo matic style and published in French, but the Bulletin Statistique is presented to the public in a queer mixture of English and German. Much of the matter, explana tions, discussions, headings, descriptions of tables, and so on, are given in duplicate-an irritating and waste ful compromise.

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    "Bulletin Statistique des Pêches maritimes des pavs du Nord de l'Europe." Vol. viii., pour les années 1911–12. Edited by Prof. D'Arcy W. Thompson. (Copenhagen, 1917.)

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