The Effect of English Fisheries and the French Fisheries on Canadian Economic History Prior To 1713
The dimensions of the earlier fisheries are today estimated as follows; The Atlantic coastline that extends from Grand Manan-Labrador is approximated to extend 5000 miles. The total area occupied by the coastal waters, including St Lawrence Gulf and the Bay of Fundy extends more than 200,000 square miles. The Pacific coast of the country is approximately 7,180 miles length (Stewart, 1949).
The country possesses exceptional supply of fresh water in terms of fresh water lakes within its reach. The country possesses a substantial size of fishing grounds in both North Pacific and North and North Atlantic although only a small percentage of the entire fishing grounds are utilized since most of the fishing is carried out in shallow inshore waters.