Entirely Synthetic Fish How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World

ISBN-10: 0300140886

ISBN-13: 9780300140880

Edition: 2011

Authors: Anders Halverson, Mark A. Halverson

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Anders Halverson provides an exhaustively researched and grippingly rendered account of the rainbow trout and why it has become the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States. Discovered in the remote waters of northern California, rainbow trout have been artificially propagated and distributed for more than 130 years by government officials eager to present Americans with an opportunity to get back to nature by going fishing. Proudly dubbed "an entirely synthetic fish" by fisheries managers, the rainbow trout has been introduced into every state and province in the United States and Canada and to every continent except Antarctica, often with devastating effects on the native fauna. Halverson examines the paradoxes and reveals a range of characters, from nineteenth-century boosters who believed rainbows could be the saviors of democracy to twenty-first-century biologists who now seek to eradicate them from waters around the globe. Ultimately, the story of the rainbow trout is the story of our relationship with the natural worldhow it has changed and how it startlingly has not.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Less Bold and Spirited Nation
Essentially a National Matter
Let the Best Fish Win
As Many Different States as Possible
A New Variety of Trout
Define Me a Gentleman
Paying Customers and Hatchery Product
A Full-Scale Military Operation
Money Makes a Way
The Way of the Passenger Pigeon
A Single New Mongrel Species
It Doesn't Do Any Good
Epilogue. The Last Generation of Troutfishers
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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