Ihe main fisheries are in Sardinia, Sicily and Elba.
The revolt against fish had ruined the fisheries and driven the fishermen to turn pirates, to the great scandal and detriment of the realm.
The fisheries are important - for herring, mackerel, sprats, cod, salmon, lobsters and anchovies.
The lagoon fisheries are also of great importance, more especially those of Comacchio, the lagoon of Orbetello and the Mare Piccolo at Taranto &c The deep-sea fishing boats in 1902 numbered 1368, with a total tonnage of 16,149; 100 of these were coral-fishing boats and 111 sponge-fishing boats.
Lerwick's main industries are connected with the fisheries, of which it is an important centre.