Silver Swimmer: The Struggle for Survival of the Wild Atlantic Salmon

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Silver Swimmer is the dramatic chronicle of the monumental struggle to conserve and restore the great Atlantic salmon during the last half of the twentieth century. It is written by the person who led the campaigns and who has been called (by Marshall Field) the man who 'knows more about Atlantic salmon from a conservation point of view than anyone alive today.' Silver Swimmer vividly describes the life cycle of this great game fish, its overexploitation by the Danes and Norwegians by drift netting the high seas,...

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Overview

Silver Swimmer is the dramatic chronicle of the monumental struggle to conserve and restore the great Atlantic salmon during the last half of the twentieth century. It is written by the person who led the campaigns and who has been called (by Marshall Field) the man who 'knows more about Atlantic salmon from a conservation point of view than anyone alive today.' Silver Swimmer vividly describes the life cycle of this great game fish, its overexploitation by the Danes and Norwegians by drift netting the high seas, and then the delicate, difficult efforts - led by the United States through international diplomacy - to face the threat of 'The Salmon War.' Buck - in what becomes the first historical narrative of these events - describes the founding of the Committee on the Atlantic Salmon Emergency (CASE), its successor, Restoration of the Atlantic Salmon in America (RASA), the development of the seminal high-seas treaty, salmon aquaculture (and its environmental significance), and the future of the wild salmon. This is a fascinating, pathbreaking book sure to be of major interest to all conservationists and sportsmen. (61/4 X 91/4, 436 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
No sentimental paean to yet another endangered species, Buck's account of U.S. efforts to conserve the Atlantic salmon, a fish with international economic, recreational and symbolic value, is a political record with a focus on international diplomacy. The case is a classic one for environmentalists, including practical management solutions available to the countries and groups involved in the conflict. Even so, the effort to conserve and restore the North Atlantic game fish from over-exploitation developed into a 20-year series of battles in which greed, in the guise of tradition, enjoyed a tactical advantage. After a brief overview of the salmon's life-cycle (with particular attention to its most vulnerable periods), Buck, who led the Committee on the Atlantic Salmon Emergency and a later organization, Restoration of the Atlantic Salmon in America, lays out the grinding work of a mature environmental movement, documenting progress in a meeting-by-meeting, letter-by-protest-letter diary-like approach. Those who hope to ``do something'' about the environment will get a sobering and instructive view into the process from this expert chronicle. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Basing this book on his years of interest and experience with the subject, the author chronicles the efforts to conserve and restore the Atlantic salmon. His presentation is accurate and refreshingly candid, laying responsibility for the depletion of salmon stocks where it clearly belongs: ``Nations generally have failed to discharge the principle obligation incumbent upon any government that permits the exploitation of renewable natural resources for personal pleasure or private profit.'' The enormity of the international implications become apparent as Buck details the founding of committees, the development of treaties, and the behind-the-scenes work needed to accomplish the restoration. He enumerates setbacks as well as successes to provide a clear, balanced work. Highly recommended for all general collections.-- Mary J. Nickum, MAXIMA Corp., Lanham, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558212510
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: DELUXE LTM
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I A Special Creature
1 Restoration - Genesis 3
2 The Life Cycle 9
Pt. II Overexploitation: 1962-1969
3 Storm Clouds 47
4 The Greenland Escalation 51
5 The ICNAF Convention 57
Pt. III The Salmon War
6 The Committee on the Atlantic Salmon Emergency 65
7 Enlisting Public Support 71
8 Engaging Denmark 75
9 Mission to Copenhagen 88
10 Embargo Legislation - The Pelly Amendment 95
11 Private-Sector Involvement 104
12 Reaching Agreement 117
13 The Fate of the Salmon Hangs in the Balance 131
14 Reflections on the Salmon War 140
Pt. IV Chaos in the North Atlantic
15 RASA - Successor to CASE 147
16 Denmark Violates the ICNAF Agreement 151
17 Breaking New Boundaries 158
18 The Law of the Sea 164
19 River Harvest 172
Pt. V Inventing the Salmon Treaty
20 Towards a Salmon Convention 181
21 Getting Down to Business 201
22 The Canadian Recalcitrance 214
23 The RASA Coup and The Final Diplomatic Conference 223
24 Ratification of the Treaty 235
Pt. VI NASCO 1984-1986
25 Early Progress 247
26 The Mounting Crisis 280
27 Buy-Outs 305
28 Fishing for Salmon on the High Seas 313
29 The Turning Point 320
30 NASCO Stumbles 326
31 Where Have the Salmon Gone? 331
32 A Judgment on NASCO 335
Pt. VII The Aquaculture of Salmon
33 Salmon Farming 341
34 Interactions - Cultured and Wild Salmon 351
Pt. VIII Wild Salmon - The Future
35 Leadership by Example 371
36 Atlantic Salmon in the Global Environment 378
Appendices 387
Bibliography 404
Index 405
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