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Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of a Common Fate

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Patagonia
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Clare O'Beara
This excellently written book looks at the life cycle, evolution and legends of the salmon in the early chapters, and at the fisherfolks who depend upon it. Moving on to Europe and how salmon has been almost fished out of existence except in Britain where laws came in to protect it but rivers were often polluted by industry.
America has both Atlantic salmon (in small numbers) and Pacific salmon, of which we hear much. Japan even has some salmon and there are land-locked lake salmon in odd
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I love Mark Kurlansky's strolls through history and one element's role throughout time. "Salmon" is less like "Cod" but focuses more on the fate of salmon today and its indicator of the earth's health in general. It is a very good read.
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Mark Kurlansky has written, edited, or contributed to twenty books, which have been translated into twenty-five languages and won numerous prizes. His previous books Cod, Salt, 1968, and The Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times best-sellers.

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