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King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon Paperback – December 28, 2004
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"Montgomery's history of salmon moves from awe inspiring... to heartbreaking." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a fascinating and important book. It should be read by us all." -- The Economist
"[An] engaging new study." -- OnEarth
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Top Customer Reviews
He quotes accounts from the early 19th century including from Henry David Thoreau about the severe depletion of salmon stocks in Northeast U.S. rivers caused by the disruption of salmon spawning beds by the transportion of boats and logs down the river, dams, factory poisons and so on.
Salmon stocks continued to decline to near extinction in Eastern U.S. waters. The Danish government agreed to ban its fisherman from engaging in their highly destructive open ocean fishing off the coast of Greenland, where salmon from Britain, the U.S, and Canada often converge for their sojourns in the Ocean, in 1972. However Danes continued to fish heavily near the Greenland shore, and used vessels under other nation's flags to circumvent their salmon catch quota under the 1972 agreement.
Montgomery shows how salmon have been sacrificed since the Great Depression in favor of the dams which have provided water and electricity in the Eastern Pacific Northwest from the Snake and Colombia Rivers. In 1937, U.S.Read more ›
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If you have any interest at all in the preservation of salmon, this book is a must-read. The history of our abuse of this magnificent family of fish is more than scary. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry Franks
well written description of why we NW Salmon stocks are deteriorating. Looking through the lens of this book being written in 2003 it is proving to be accurate.Published 15 months ago by kirkusT
In King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, author David Montgomery analyzes the decline, in many cases the near extirpation, of once-abundant salmon fisheries in Great... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bob Osborne
Highly readable, accessible science and history. This should be required reading for anybody from the Pacific Northwest, or anybody who has anything to do with policy-making and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by RealCoug
I took a class with Dr. Montgomery where he first talked about his book during one lecture. I finally got around to picking up a copy and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by FishGuy69
This was a fascinating book on the history of salmon. It is the age old story of history repeating itself. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Karen Encelewski