Sturgeon so numerous

1820s CEGermany

“During the first half of the nineteenth century, the sturgeons were so numerous in the southern Elbe River branch at the Köhlbrand stretch that it was impossible to make use of the catch. My grandfather and his employee caught 1,100 fish, and my father an additional 1,000 fish between April and August”

J.J. Breckwoldt, Historische Nachrichten über die Elbinsel Altenwerder (Harburg: Danckwert, 1894), 66.

Image: General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Sturgeon.” The New York Public Library Digital Col- lections. 1807 - 1809.