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An Investigation of Cree Indian Domestic Fisheries in Northern Quebec

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Berkes, Fikret
Journal: Arctic
Volume: 32
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Date: 1979
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/2735
Sector: Fisheries
Region: North America
Subject(s): fisheries
indigenous institutions
Abstract: "Domestic or subsistence fisheries of the eastern James Bay Cree. were studied, mainly in Fort George, by direct observation. These fisheries were characterized by large numbers of participants, low catches per day and per fisherman, but high catches per length of net used, as compared to commercial fisheries. Most stocks appear lightly utilized, but in the vicinity of larger settlements there is evidence that some stocks are overfished. The total catch may be increased by distributing the fishing effort more evenly over a larger area. Fish resource base of the region appears suitable for supporting local economic development with respect to recreational fisheries and native-run commercial fisheries for the local market, as well as maintaining the domestic fishery."

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