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Book review Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 7, 291–293 (1997) Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest National Research Council – Committee on Protection and Management of Pacific Northwest Anadromous Salmonids, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Commission on Life Sciences National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1996 ISBN 0-309-05325-0, £28.95, $44.95 US Hard cover, pp. xx 452, 31 tables, 64 figures (1 in colour) Appendices: including biographies of committee members and staff; major landforms and their rivers; international treaty considerations in operating the Columbia River system; and reservoir-system operation. Bibliography and general index. The Pacific Northwest is an American parochialism describing the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and northern California. For thousands of years prior to 1800, humans had coexisted with salmonids in this region, in predatory dependence on them for food, tools and clothing. This subsistence fishery appears to have been sustainable. The white man’s fishery for profit, which has been superimposed upon the subsistence fishery over the past 200 years, has contributed substantially to the rapid decline of the seven Oncorhynchus species considered in Upstream. By 1992 the numerical strength of the salmonid populations of the region was about one-tenth of that at the time of Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Chapman and Hall
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Zoology
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