The Quest for the Golden Trout: Environmental Loss and America's Iconic Fish

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UPNE, Sep 22, 2013 - Nature - 324 pages
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The angler's dream of fishing pristine waters in unspoiled country for sleek, healthy trout has turned fishing into a form of theater. It is a manufactured experience—much to the detriment of our rivers and streams. Americans’ love of trout has reached a level of fervor that borders on the religious. Federal and state agencies, as well as nongovernmental lobbying groups, invest billions of dollars on river restoration projects and fish-stocking programs. Yet, their decisions are based on faulty logic and risk destroying species they are tasked with protecting. River ecosystems are modified with engineered structures to improve fishing, native species that compete with trout are eradicated, and nonnative invasive game fish are indiscriminately introduced, genetically modified, and selectively bred to produce more appealing targets for anglers—including the freakishly contrived "golden trout."

The Quest for the Golden Trout is about looking at our nation’s rivers with a more critical eye—and asking more questions about both historic and current practices in fisheries management.

  

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A comprehensive look at the trout fishing industry and the history that continues to influence policy decisions related to river management. It is written in a manner that is accessible to all -- and is a must read for anyone who is interested in fishing, environmental issues or public policy. Highly recommend. 

Contents

In Search of Gold
1
1 Controversy over the Salmons Migration
5
2 FirstClass Entertainment
36
3 Fish Factories Feed Lots
67
4 Educating the Masses
91
5 The Lucky Charm
114
6 To Serve a Higher Soul
141
7 Building a Dream Home
162
9 Structural Failures in the System
200
10 The Economy of Scales
226
11 Reel Retreats Restored to Real Places
250
Notes
259
Selected Bibliography
293
About the Illustrations
299
Index
301
Copyright

8 Stream Improvement Plows Ahead
179

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About the author (2013)

DOUGLAS M. THOMPSON is director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment at Connecticut College.

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