An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World by Anders Halverson
Anders Halverson provides an exhaustively researched and grippingly rendered account of the rainbow trout and why it has become the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States. Discovered in the remote waters of northern California, rainbow trout have been artificially propagated and distributed for more than 130 years by government officials eager to present Americans with an opportunity to get back to nature by going fishing. Proudly dubbed “an entirely synthetic fish” by fisheries managers, the rainbow trout has been introduced into every state and province in the United States and Canada and to every continent except Antarctica, often with devastating effects on the native fauna. Halverson examines the paradoxes and reveals a range of characters, from nineteenth-century boosters who believed rainbows could be the saviors of democracy to twenty-first-century biologists who now seek to eradicate them from waters around the globe. Ultimately, the story of the rainbow trout is the story of our relationship with the natural world—how it has changed and how it startlingly has not.
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More than 1 year ago
This made for an easy and joyful read. I was left feeling it ended too soon. The issues are as relevant today as they were then and will be for years to come. Anders offers an impartial wide view of the never ending touch and go relationship between man and this fabled fish. Add it to your collection, knowledge and conversations.
More than 1 year ago
While on some level not as comprehensive as I had hoped it was certainly very informative. The history of these ubiquitous fish is a complete mystery to so many of us and our driving desire to fish for this “synthetic” fish exists without many of us understanding why. Very entertaining and quick read that I am sure I will reference for years to come.
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