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

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Introduced fishes - 257 pages
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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 world--how it has changed and how it startlingly has not.
 

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An Entirely Synthetic Fish Review The last century has seen the rapid spread of the rainbow trout across the USA, and Anders Halverson's award-winning book "An Entirely Synthetic Fish" does an ... Read full review

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A well written and knowledgeable review of the history and current status of the introduction of rainbow trout into the fisheries of the world. The author is a biologist with a storyteller's gift for ... Read full review

Contents

A Less Bold andSpirited 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 FullScale Military Operation
THREE Let the Best Fish Win
FOUR As Many Different States as Possible
FIVE A New Variety of Trout
SIX Define Me a Gentleman
SEVEN Paying Customers and Hatchery Product
EIGHT A FullScale Military Operation
NINE Money Makes a Way
TEN The Way of the Passenger Pigeon

Money Makes a Way
The Way of the Passenger Pigeon
A Single New Mongrel Species
It Doesnt Do Any Good
The Last Generation of Troutfishers
Notes
TWO Essentially a National Matter
ELEVEN A Single New Mongrel Species
TWELVE It Doesnt Do Any Good
EPILOGUE The Last Generation of Troutfishers
Bibliography
Index
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