The Quest for the Golden Trout

The Quest for the Golden Trout

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The angler's dream of fishing pristine waters in unspoiled country for sleek, healthy trout has turned fishing into a form of theater. It is a manufactured experienceA‘much to the detriment of our rivers and streams. AmericansA• love of trout has reached a level of fervor that borders on the religious. Federal and state agencies, as well as nongovernmental lobbying groups, invest billions of dollars on river restoration projects and fish-stocking programs. Yet, their decisions are based on faulty logic and risk destroying species they are tasked with protecting. River ecosystems are modified with engineered structures to improve fishing, native species that compete with trout are eradicated, and nonnative invasive game fish are indiscriminately introduced, genetically modified, and selectively bred to produce more appealing targets for anglersA‘including the freakishly contrived qgolden trout.q The Quest for the Golden Trout is about looking at our nationA•s rivers with a more critical eyeA‘and asking more questions about both historic and current practices in fisheries management.The U.S. Forest Service produced its own handbook on the use of struc~ tures in 1936. ... From the outset, the Forest Service manual included passages that suggested caution because previous projects had done more harm than good.

Title:The Quest for the Golden Trout
Author:Douglas M. Thompson
Publisher:UPNE - 2013-09-22


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