Striper Wars: An American Fish Story

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When commercial overfishing sent striped bass populations into free fall in the 1980s, Dick Russell emerged as a key spokesman in a long-shot crusade by dedicated fishermen to save them. Striper Wars is Russell’s vibrant account of their thrilling, yet tenuous victory, complete with heroes and villains. In one of nature’s great comebacks, groundbreaking moratoriums allowed the striper population to rebound more than tenfold. Yet today, the striper faces new threats, including a deadly bacterial disease. While ...
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Overview

When commercial overfishing sent striped bass populations into free fall in the 1980s, Dick Russell emerged as a key spokesman in a long-shot crusade by dedicated fishermen to save them. Striper Wars is Russell’s vibrant account of their thrilling, yet tenuous victory, complete with heroes and villains. In one of nature’s great comebacks, groundbreaking moratoriums allowed the striper population to rebound more than tenfold. Yet today, the striper faces new threats, including a deadly bacterial disease. While perils persist, Dick Russell’s inspiring account offers fundamental lessons about the power of civic action and the necessity of a holistic approach to conservation.
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Editorial Reviews

BioScience

"A page-turner of a natural history tale every bit as suspenseful as the best murder mystery."
Los Angeles Times

"Russell enlivens [the book] with well-drawn portraits of the sometimes-crusty anglers and biologists who fought to bring back these prized game fish and the twisting plot of politics and science."
The Boston Globe

"Fishermen will doubtless find this a can't-put-down read….And even those who don't practice this pastime will have new respect for a fish of surprising brains and brawn."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"This book is one of the most amazing fish stories I've ever come across…[Russell] writes vividly, with a splendid sense of drama and, not least, a love of the fish."
Conservation Editor, Fly Rod & Reel, Editor-at-Large, Audubon - Ted Williams

"This important history is rife with lessons no ocean advocate can afford to miss. I found Striper Wars disturbing, encouraging, maddening, funny and, always, a fabulous read. It succeeds thanks to Russell's photographic recall, his mastery of language and, above all, the fact that no living veteran of these wars carries more battle scars."
author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross - Carl Safina

"A lot of other books tell you how to catch striped bass. This book alone explains why there are stripers in the water to begin with. This is the saga of the greatest, most hard-won fisheries management success story in the world. Read it, and every time your line comes tight, you'll know who to thank. More importantly, you'll know what else needs to be done."
editor, Salt Water Sportsman - David DiBenedetto

"If you fish for striped bass, then Striper Wars should be required reading. Russell's first-hand account of the battles fought to bring this fish back from near extinction are inspiring and, more importantly, enlightening."
author of The Empty Ocean and Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn - Richard Ellis

"Striper Wars is the moving story of the decline of the striped bass and the efforts of dedicated conservationists to bring these magnificent fish back from the brink of extinction. We are grateful for his brilliant writing, but the stripers are even more grateful for his efforts on their behalf."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636322
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Russell, a longtime environmental journalist, is the author of The Man Who Knew Too Much (Carroll & Graf, 2003), Black Genius: And the American Experience (Carroll & Graf, 1999), and Eye of the Whale (Island Press, 2004). He divides his time between Los Angeles and Boston.

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