The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea by Lissa K. Wadewitz

The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea

byLissa K. Wadewitz

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For centuries, borders have been central to salmon managementcustoms on the Salish Sea, but how those borders were drawn has hadvery different effects on the Northwest salmon fishery. Native peopleswho fished the Salish Sea-which includes Puget Sound in WashingtonState, the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, and the Strait ofJuan de Fuca -- drew social and cultural borders around salmon fishinglocations and found ways to administer the resource in a sustainableway. Nineteenth-century Euro-Americans, who drew the Anglo-Americanborder along the forty-ninth parallel, took a very different approachand ignored the salmon's patterns and life cycle. As the cannedsalmon industry grew and more people moved into the region, class andethnic relations changed. Soon illegal fishing, broken contracts, andfish piracy were endemic -- conditions that contributed to rampantoverfishing, social tensions, and international mistrust. TheNature of Borders is about the ecological effects of creatingcultural and political borders on this critical West Coast salmonfishery.

This transnational view provides an understanding of the modernPacific salmon crisis and is particularly instructive as salmonconservation practices increasingly approximate those of thepre-contact Native past. The Nature of Borders reorientsborderlands studies toward the Canada-U.S. border and also provides anew view of how borders influenced fishing practices and relatedmanagement efforts over time.

About The Author

Lissa K. Wadewitz is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

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Title:The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish SeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.01 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295991828

ISBN - 13:9780295991825

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPacific Borders: An Introduction

1 Native Borders 2 Fish, Fur, and Faith 3 Remaking Native Space 4 Fishing the Line: Border Bandits and Labor Unrest 5 Pirates of the Salish Sea 6 Policing the Border 7 Conclusion: The Future of Salish Sea Salmon

Abbreviations Notes Bibliography

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An excellent and timely examination of how humans have organized ecological and social space across time, and of the implications of boundarymaking processes on people and nature alike. - Joseph E. Taylor III, author of Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fishery Crisis