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The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout [Paperback]

Thomas Quinn

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28 Feb 2005
Few subjects have generated as much emotional dialogue around conflicting scientific and policy agendas as the protection and management of Pacific salmon resources. In this major new work, esteemed fisheries expert Thomas Quinn distils from the vast scientific literature the essential information on the behaviour and ecology of Pacific salmon, including steelhead and cutthroat trout. Unlike other books that examine only selected life stages, habitats, or species, this book - richly illustrated with beautiful photographs and original drawings - thoroughly covers the complete life cycle, emphasizing common themes and differences among the various species of salmon. Representing the range of species and geographic regions, Quinn includes examples from classic studies by pioneers of salmon biology and from the most current research to illustrate the important features of salmon life history and behaviour and the complex physical, biological, and human factors that affect them. "The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout" introduces salmon and trout as a group, with a brief description of each species, and compares them to other fishes. This book then follows salmon on their amazing homeward migration from the open ocean, through the complex coastal waters, and upstream to the precise location where they were spawned years earlier. It explains the patterns of mate choice, the competition for nest sites, and the fate of the salmon after their death. It describes the lives of offspring during the months they spend incubating in gravel, growing in fresh water, and migrating out to sea to mature. Quinn emphasizes the importance of salmon to humans and to natural ecosystems and the need to integrate sound biology into conservation efforts. This thorough, up-to-date survey should be on the shelf of anyone with a professional or personal interest in Pacific salmon and trout. Written in a technically accurate but engaging style, it will appeal to a wide range of readers, including students, anglers, biologists, conservationists, legislators, and armchair naturalists.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1st edition (28 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984575
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout 30 Aug 2005
By Allen Gottesfeld - Published on Amazon.com
This book is the best modern reference to the ecology of west coast salmon. Quinn makes good use of the advances of the last decade and shows good judgement in selecting topics to discuss. I'm a fisheries biologist writting a salmon book so I know the subject and the difficulty of writing in an engaging and informative manner. I recommend the book highly.
A caution: this book is not for beginners.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential supplement to "Groot and Margolis" 14 Jan 2008
By Neil Frazer - Published on Amazon.com
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In the nearly two decades since "Pacific Salmon Life Histories" was written by Groot and Margolis, much more research on salmon has been done, and that research is well summarized in this book, with appropriate references. Quinn writes for his fellow scientists, but technical jargon is kept to a minimum, so the product is accessible to any reasonably intelligent reader.

I disagree with an earlier reviewer who faulted Quinn for not inveighing more against dams. Quinn could as well be faulted for failing to note the threat to wild salmon through disease transfer from rampant salmon aquaculture in British Columbia [e.g., M. Krkosek et al., Science v318:p1772 (2007)], but such criticisms miss the point. The job of a scientist in writing a book for fellow scientists is to summarize what research has been done and what it implies. In any case, near the end of the book, Quinn notes

"Given the high fishing rates, habitat loss and degradation, careless transfers of fish among basins, overzealous hatchery propagation, and other stressors, the remarkable thing is not that salmon are in danger but that they still persist at all....their chances of recovery are good if we would only take our collective foot off their neck."


"Salmon are important to many of us, in so many ways. They are our food, our recreation, our symbol and inspiration, and a critical component in the ecosystems that we value and depend on. If we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that they continue to play these roles, I believe the salmon will do the rest. If we preserve habitat they will use it, and if we restore habitat and make it accessible, they will find it."

You can tell where his heart is.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Morrison 11 Sep 2005
By Peter Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great resource for people that want to learn about the ecology and behaviour of salmon.

I wish it went a little more into the effects of dams and hatcheries on salmon ecology and behavior.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 3 Jun 2014
By MelvinWillard - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a graduate level course on Salmon ecology. It is a fun read for anyone wanting to learn all about salmon. While it is in-depth, the author did a great job of putting together a lot of information in a digestible manner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 23 Sep 2013
By Scott T. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been studying the literature on salmon off and on for over 20 years. Well, more accurately I studied it around 20 years ago when I wrote the draft of a novel on salmon. It had a number of plot holes, so I put the manuscript and only recently revived it. Once again I scoured the literature for all the latest findings on salmon behavior. This is it. It comprises virtually all the data I have been able to uncover so far and adds to it. It is written in a friendly, easy to understand style that doesn't dumb down the material. It even has some humor. The photos are beautifully rendered and add to the text considerably. Well worth the money for the serious student of salmon and trout behavior.
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