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The Quest for the Golden Trout (Hardback)
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The Quest for the Golden Trout (Hardback)

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Hardback 324 Pages / Published: 31/10/2013
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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.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781611683196
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 676 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm


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"[Thompson's] advice is to leave streams alone, to avoid stream-bank stabilization work, to avoid artificial devices that alter flows, to ensure stream-banks are vegetated as a buffer against pollution and thermal pollution."-- "Hartford Courant"
"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."-- "Northeastern Naturalist"
[A] strong indictment of historical and modern policies leading to stream degradation and loss of native fauna solely for quenching anglers' insatiable thirst for nonnative trout. . . . Valuable for environmental science students, government employees developing/implementing aquatic polices, and environmentally concerned freshwater anglers. . . . Recommended.-- "Choice"
People who love to fish for native trout, and who work to support sustainable native salmonid fisheries in naturally behaving streams that have true biodiversity will see Thompson's work as a needed call-to-arms.-- "The Salter, the quarterly newsletter of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition"

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