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4. [[hand written]] Introduction In the spring of 1914, the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer Albatross was detailed to make a thorough investigation of the "halibut banks" reported off the Oregon coast for the purpose of developing their location and extent and supplying definite information as to the character of the fishing grounds, especially those for halibut, the abundance of fish thereon and the season at which they occur. In order that an intensive [[strikethrough]] investigation [[/strikethrough]] ^[[survey]] could be made, the region [[strikethrough]] covered? [[/strikethrough]] ^[[investigated]] was restricted to that section of the coast lying between the Columbia River on the north and the Heceta Banks on the south. "The information available was to the effect that the banks or grounds began some distance south of Yaquina Bay and extended, probably with interruptions, to a point north of Tillamock Bay and possibly to the mouth of the Columbia River." This area was later extended northward to ^[[a point]] off Grays Harbor and to the southward ^ [[so as]] to include a section of the coast off Goos Bay. This is practically the same region covered by the Albatross in her survey of the off shore fishing grounds of the Pacific coast in 1888-89, and by various and sundry fishing ventures both prior to that time and up to the inception of the present investigation ^[[, which]] [[strikethrough]] The present investigation [[/strikethrough]] as conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries includes, first, [[strikethrough]] the [[/strikethrough]] ^[[a]]preliminary reconnaisance [[strikethrough]] mentioned above[[/strikethrough], made by Mr. E. C. Johnston of the scientific staff of the Albatross in July of 1913; second, three pros-
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