A rough trip through evolutionary time; humans enter the Pacific Northwest; the rise of the salmon-based economies; the first salmon management; conflicting economies; birth and growth of the salmon canning industry; Indian fishermen displaced; controlling the harvest; the fishery moves to the ocean; hatcheries in the United States; fish culture moves west; acclimatization - playing God with ecosystems; the political tool; science and salmon management; different roads to restoration; the road to extinction; building a new salmon culture.
Jim Lichatowich has been a fisheries scientist for twenty-nine years, working for most of that time in salmon management and research in Oregon and Washington. He is a member of three independent teams of scientists investigating the salmon crisis, and has written numerous scientific and technical papers on the history, current status, and future prospects of salmon. His essays have appeared in a variety of publications including Trout magazine, Peninsula magazine, Riverkeeper, and Shirkin Comment.
"Lichatowich provides a critical perspective on salmon hatchery successes and failures, and his book of captivating stories provides a fascinating, readable, and chilling wake-up call to how humans have mismanaged their natural heritage."--CHOICE