List of Seventy-six different Species of Fish at St. Helena.
|Whale||Mackarel||Soldier||Hog, 2 sorts|
|Ground Shark||Stone-brass||Bastard ditto||Cod|
|Sun||Green, 2 sorts||Thrasher||Snake|
|Bottle-nosed ditto||Five-finger||Rock ditto||Flounder|
|Red ditto||Mullets, 3 sorts||Sole||Parrot|
|Speckled ditto||Bulls-eyes, 3 ditto||Cat||Eel, 2 sorts|
|Green ditto||Jacks, 2 ditto||Flying ditto||Shrimp|
|Bastard ditto||Pilot||Bottle||Long-legs fish.|
REMARKS.—Whales in great numbers generally appear in August, and remain about three months. If, during the period of their stay, a few expert fishermen were employed, a considerable number might be killed every year. The species which frequents St. Helena is, by the South Sea whalers, called the "Race-horse.'' They yield about five tons of oil.
Albacore, congers, cavally, mackarel, old-wives, bull's-eyes, Jacks, and soldiers, are most commonly taken and used. The coal-fish resembles a salmon both in shape and flavour ; but are very rare. The yellow-tail and dolphin, which are also scarce, are remarkably fat and delicious at St. Helena; although when taken at a distance from land they are insipid, and coarse. The shell-fish called stumps and long-legs, resemble the lobster in taste and colour. Turtle weighing from 3 to 500 pounds are frequently caught.
With so great a variety of fish, there is no doubt, that the establishment of a proper fishery would be of vast advantage to the island. Hitherto the only mode of fishing practised is with hook and line.
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