Schmitt, Catherine. The President's Salmon: Restoring the King of Fish and Its Home Waters
LJ Reviews 2015 June #2
The Penobscot Salmon Club, comprised of Maine recreational fishers, presented the U.S. president with the first Atlantic salmon caught each spring from 1912 to 1992. Schmitt (communication director for Maine Sea Grant, with degrees in environmental science and ecology) ties the annual presentation to an account of the health of the Penobscot River salmon fishery from abundance to decline and then revival in the 1990s. The Penobscot River is 109 miles long, and its west and south branches bring the total length to 264 miles. It was gradually developed with dams to provide power for paper mills and hydroelectric plants, and the resulting pollution and physical obstacles caused a decline in the salmon population, affecting not only recreational anglers but the native American populations for whom the fish was an important food source. Battles among conservation and environmental interests and large corporations, state and federal fishery management groups, and loggers and mill owners are described. The book combines information on developments on the world and national scenes with updates on the status of salmon populations in Maine rivers and traces changing attitudes of governmental bodies on fishery regulation. A discussion of hatcheries and their effect on wild populations is included. Notes at the end of each chapter and a selected bibliography provide further information. (Photos and diagrams not seen). VERDICT Conservation-minded readers who enjoyed Paul Greenberg's Four Fish, those interested in natural history, fishers, and both Maine residents and visitors will appreciate this well-written work.—Judith B. Barnett, Univ. of Rhode Island Lib., Kingston[Page 111]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.