Sleep with the Fishes
( … in a Bureau of Fisheries car made from a converted sleeper!)
‘The Bureau of Fisheries has six railroad cars especially arranged for the transportation of live fish. During the year ending June 13, 1915, the distribution of fish, eggs, etc by the bureau amounted to 536,260,143 eggs; 3,694,281,699 fry and 58,215,692 fingerlings, yearlings and adults. These went to Fish Commissions in 28 different States, to waters needing stock from the controllers of which request had been made to the bureau and to private persons asking for fish for streams, lakes or ponds. While in special instances some fish or eggs are sent by special messenger, by far the greater part was sent out by means of the bureau’s special fish and egg transportation cars.
‘An important branch of the Bureau of Fisheries operations is in the rescue of young food fishes from lakes and bayous formed by the overflow of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and their tributaries. During 1915, operations of this character yielded 8,357,000 fish, which is approximately 90 per cent of the food fishes which would otherwise have perished through drought or ‘air drowning’ when the overflow dried up, or from cold water in the year if not rescued.’
from: Our Country and its Resources; Robert A Hopkins; 1915; Munn and Co.