An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World by Anders Halverson

An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World

byAnders Halverson

Paperback | June 28, 2011

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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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Anders Halverson is a journalist with a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Yale University. He lives in Boulder, CO.

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Title:An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300140886

ISBN - 13:9780300140880

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“[T]his brief book is an excellent and entertaining read for anyone interested in the history of conservation, but especially the history of how rainbow trout became an entirely synthetic fish”—Peter B. Moyle, The Quarterly Review of Biology