These amazing illustrations are by William Saville-Kent (10 July 1845 – 11 October 1908). In 1884 William became Inspector of Fisheries in Tasmania. In 1889, he became Commissioner of Fisheries for Queensland, and in 1892, Commissioner of Fisheries for Western Australia, a position he held until 1895.
At this time he experimented with culturing pearls on Thursday Island; his experiments were successful, and modern-day spherical cultured pearls are primarily the result of discoveries he made. Saville-Kent was a pioneer of the concept of sustainable fisheries. At the Brighton Aquarium, he witnessed a lobster lay eggs and charted the growth and development of the offspring.
His goal was to see lobster and other commercial species of fish farmed as a sustainable resource. Thank you