By James A. Lichatowich
"Fundamentally, the salmon's decline has been the outcome of a imaginative and prescient in keeping with fallacious assumptions and unchallenged myths.... We assumed shall we keep watch over the organic productiveness of salmon and 'improve' upon usual techniques that we did not even attempt to comprehend. We assumed shall we have salmon with no rivers." --from the creation
From a mountain most sensible the place an eagle consists of a salmon carcass to feed its younger to the far-off oceanic waters of the California present and the Alaskan Gyre, salmon have penetrated the Northwest to an volume unequalled via the other animal. because the flip of the 20th century, the traditional productiveness of salmon in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho has declined by means of 80 percentage. The decline of Pacific salmon to the edge of extinction is a transparent signal of great difficulties within the region.
In Salmon with no Rivers, fisheries biologist Jim Lichatowich deals an eye-opening examine the roots and evolution of the salmon problem within the Pacific Northwest. He describes the multitude of things over the last century and a part that experience resulted in the salmon's decline, and examines intensive the abject failure of recovery efforts that experience centred virtually solely on hatcheries to come back salmon shares to fit degrees with no addressing the underlying factors of the decline. The book:
- describes the evolutionary heritage of the salmon besides the geologic background of the Pacific Northwest over the last forty million years
- considers the indigenous cultures of the area, and the emergence of salmon-based economies that survived for hundreds of thousands of years
- examines the fast transformation of the quarter following the arriving of Europeans
- offers the historical past of efforts to guard and fix the salmon
- deals a serious evaluation of why recovery efforts have failed
Throughout, Lichatowich argues that the dominant worldview of our society -- a worldview that denies connections among people and the flora and fauna -- has created the clash and controversy that signify the new heritage of salmon; except that worldview is challenged and altered, there's little wish for restoration. Salmon with no Rivers exposes the myths that experience guided contemporary human-salmon interactions. It essentially explains the tricky offerings dealing with the electorate of the zone, and offers special perception into the most tragic chapters in our nation's environmental history.
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Salmon Without Rivers: A History Of The Pacific Salmon Crisis by James A. Lichatowich