In an account of the world's fisheries it is impossible to use the word "fish" only in its strictly scientific meaning; for what are everywhere known as "fisheries" include the taking of many creatures which are not really fish. Whaling, sealing, turtle-catching, and pearl-diving must necessarily have a place in the following pages.
Little attempt has been made to treat the subject from the commercial or industrial point of view. The author has rather endeavoured to give an animated picture of the fisherman's life, of his methods, his hardships and adventures, his disappointments, and his hardly won successes. The best authorities have been consulted, but many of the details are drawn from the author's own experience.