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Knight, William,1961-
Our sentimental fisheries :angling and state fisheries administration in 19th century Ontario.
M.A. -- Trent University, 2006
Ottawa :Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada,[2008]
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This thesis traces the history of angling and its regulation in 19 th century Ontario. Angling is examined as a European cultural practice celebrated in 18th and 19th century angling literature as a contemplative activity for upper-class men. In mid-19 th century North America, an emerging middle class, growing interest in outdoor recreation and tourism, and a developing continental railway system facilitated wider acceptance of angling and the recreational colonization of Ontario's inland waters, especially those on the Canadian Shield. By the end of 19th century, Ontario anglers and officials, discontented with federal fisheries regulations and declines in games fisheries, lobbied for stricter regulation under provincial control. In the late 1890s, Ontario was awarded partial jurisdiction over its inland waters and established a provincial fisheries administration that immediately undertook black bass introductions to recover depleted tourist fisheries. By the beginning of the 20th century, anglers and state officials had established a stricter perimeter around game fish and amassed institutional power that enabled the emergence of science-based fisheries management and angling's wider valorization in the 20th century. 'Keywords.' fisheries, angling, Ontario, 19th century, state administration.