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An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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The writer seems to be a true academic researcher, and offers his opinion infrequently. If there's a bias it's hard to detect, however it's quite apparent that, although generally well meaning at least at the mid and lower levels, our state fish and game departments are still controlled by political appointees.
An Entirely Synthetic Fish is as much a history of Westward expansion as it is a narrative about the most popular freshwater sport fish in America–and the world. As Patricia Nelson Limerick notes in her introduction, Halverson’s book is neither highly opinionated nor partisan. Rather, it is a concise and erudite summary of a quandary that still confronts the keepers of America’s lakes and rivers. I would recommend this book to anyone who lives in the American West. An Entirely Synthetic Fish has helped me to understand my identity as a Coloradan and outdoorsman, as well as our nation’s environmental and political heritage.
Halvorsen does a very entertaining job of telling us how well meaning managers have made huge mistakes in their efforts to improve the environment. He also demonstrates well how the data often seems to support the agendas of those collecting the data.
The book, however, also makes us think about what is really "wild." Is a naturally breeding, but introduced species really "natural." But if it is not, what should we do, or should we do anything other than cast a line and enjoy the fight.
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