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To Lieut. L.B. Porterfield, U.S.N., in command of the Albatross during the entire cruise, the most grateful acknowledgements are due. His unflaging zeal and interested cooperation made possible the results herein obtaining. Of his skill as a navigator, frequently called upon in our many trying experiences, too much cannot be said.

The efficient cooperation of Messrs. E.C. Johnston and E.P. Rankin, respectively, fishery expert and general assistant, of the the Albatross staff, in securing the data upon which this report is based, justly entitles them consideration as joint authors. The same recognition has been accorded Mr. Edward Driscoll in view of his, at all times, valuable advice.

An appreciation in here expressed of the able assistance rendered by the officers and crew of the Albatross, of the efficient service of the Seattle fishermen employed, Michael Burke, John J. Carrol, Richard Gladney, Richard Keough,and Samuel Driscoll, who took the place of Carrol toward the conclusion of the survey; of the information so generously and freely furnished by Capts. Quinn, of the Idaho, Johansen, of the Chicago, Johnson, of the Daisy, Edwards, of the Helgoland, and Churchill, of the New England Fish Co,; and of the many courtesies extended by Mr. Edward Cuningham, of the Pacific Net and Twine Company of Seattle.
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