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The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout Hardcover – February 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0295984377 ISBN-10: 0295984376

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984377
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A highly readable and dilligently researched up-to-date survey of what is known and not known about Pacific salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. This book is timely too, since unique policy discussions are currently taking place focusing on the protection and management of these noble fish in the Northwest.

(Salmon Trout Steelheader)

Quinn has assembled a work destined to become a milestone in salmon literature. Based on cutting-edge research, it offers the most detailed explanation of salmon life history and behavior to appear in print.

(The Seattle Times)

[This] is perhaps the finest compilation of information on this fascinating group of fish.

(In-Fisherman)

The new Bible for those fascinated by wild salmon, whether personally or professionally.

(Tidepool)

A readable book aimed not only at scientists and academics but also at ordinary people who just want to learn more about these ecologically and economically important animals. Salmon have played such a prominent role in our social and ecological history: let us arm ourselves with knowledge of their fascinating life histories and ecological importance as we fight for their conservation and survival into the future.

(Discovery)

No book on salmon and salmon ecosystems is as well integrated or as up to date as this one. Thomas Quinn has brought together a wealth of information on salmon behavior, life history, and ecology.

(Peter Bisson, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service)

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No book on salmon and salmon ecosystems is as well integrated or as up-to-date as this one. Thomas Quinn has brought together a wealth of information on salmon behaviour, life history, and ecology. (Peter Bisson, Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is the best modern reference to the ecology of west coast salmon.
Allen Gottesfeld
The job of a scientist in writing a book for fellow scientists is to summarize what research has been done and what it implies.
Neil Frazer
Although this book may be more scientific, it is actually very straightforward for the reader.
brooks horan

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allen Gottesfeld on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best modern reference to the ecology of west coast salmon. Quinn makes good use of the advances of the last decade and shows good judgement in selecting topics to discuss. I'm a fisheries biologist writting a salmon book so I know the subject and the difficulty of writing in an engaging and informative manner. I recommend the book highly.
A caution: this book is not for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil Frazer on January 14, 2008
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In the nearly two decades since "Pacific Salmon Life Histories" was written by Groot and Margolis, much more research on salmon has been done, and that research is well summarized in this book, with appropriate references. Quinn writes for his fellow scientists, but technical jargon is kept to a minimum, so the product is accessible to any reasonably intelligent reader.

I disagree with an earlier reviewer who faulted Quinn for not inveighing more against dams. Quinn could as well be faulted for failing to note the threat to wild salmon through disease transfer from rampant salmon aquaculture in British Columbia [e.g., M. Krkosek et al., Science v318:p1772 (2007)], but such criticisms miss the point. The job of a scientist in writing a book for fellow scientists is to summarize what research has been done and what it implies. In any case, near the end of the book, Quinn notes

"Given the high fishing rates, habitat loss and degradation, careless transfers of fish among basins, overzealous hatchery propagation, and other stressors, the remarkable thing is not that salmon are in danger but that they still persist at all....their chances of recovery are good if we would only take our collective foot off their neck."

and

"Salmon are important to many of us, in so many ways. They are our food, our recreation, our symbol and inspiration, and a critical component in the ecosystems that we value and depend on. If we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that they continue to play these roles, I believe the salmon will do the rest. If we preserve habitat they will use it, and if we restore habitat and make it accessible, they will find it."

You can tell where his heart is.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Morrison on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource for people that want to learn about the ecology and behaviour of salmon.

I wish it went a little more into the effects of dams and hatcheries on salmon ecology and behavior.
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By Scott T. Barnes on September 22, 2013
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I have been studying the literature on salmon off and on for over 20 years. Well, more accurately I studied it around 20 years ago when I wrote the draft of a novel on salmon. It had a number of plot holes, so I put the manuscript and only recently revived it. Once again I scoured the literature for all the latest findings on salmon behavior. This is it. It comprises virtually all the data I have been able to uncover so far and adds to it. It is written in a friendly, easy to understand style that doesn't dumb down the material. It even has some humor. The photos are beautifully rendered and add to the text considerably. Well worth the money for the serious student of salmon and trout behavior.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book that really will answer your questions about pacific salmon. Obviously, the book goes beyond the surface of salmon and really gives the reader answers to every question you might have about this very important species. Although this book may be more scientific, it is actually very straightforward for the reader. Highly recommended!
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