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Striper Wars: An American Fish Story Hardcover – 31 Jul 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shearwater Books,US (31 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559636327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559636322
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,738,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lot of other books tell you how to catch striped bass. This book alone explains why there are stripers in the water to begin with. This is the saga of the greatest, most hard-won fisheries management success story in the world. Read it, and every time your line comes tight, you'll know who to thank. More importantly, you'll know what else needs to be done."--Carl Safina "author of"Song for the Blue Ocean" and "Eye of the Albatross" "

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Dick Russell, a longtime environmental journalist, is the author of "The Man Who Knew Too Much "(Carroll & Graf, 2003), "Black Genius: And the American Experience" (Carroll & Graf, 1999), and "Eye of the Whale" (Island Press, 2004). He divides his time between Los Angeles and Boston.

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Reading Striper Wars gives you hope that sport fishermen, wherever they are in the world, can make a significant difference in helping to protect our precious marine resources, especially those species of fish that anglers prize the most, such as sharks, billfish, tuna and, of course, bass. It's also a great read in and of itself. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Striper Wars - story of bringing the striped sea bass back from the brink 19 Nov. 2007
By ARH - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Striper Wars" is extraordinary for two reasons. First of all, Russell does a great job of explaining the significance of Atlantic striped bass to recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen, and to the marine ecology of the Atlantic coast of North America. Second, Russell was not just a researcher who set out to tell the tale of a tasty fish, he was a significant player in the grassroots efforts that were eventually successful in helping to publicize the plight of the striped sea bass.

The book is sometimes not quite as tightly written as I would prefer, but the story is there, easy to follow, and adequately documented. I was astounded when I read that by the time federal legislative action was undertaken, that there was only one year class of stripers out there, and that if action had not been taken, that we may have witnessed the permanent demise of this notable fish.

"Striper Wars" will be of interest to legislators, sport and commercial fishermen (though the latter may not like the underlying theme), ecologists, and others who are interested in the state of the environment.

I read this book immediately after reading "The Most Important Fish in the Sea" by H. Bruce Franklin, and that is a powerful one-two combination.

I highly recommend both books!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Stars & Stripes Forever 16 Aug. 2005
By Arthur Dipietro - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Combine well honed invesigative skills with the passion borne of a life long love affair with the sport of pursuing, catching, releasing, nurturing and learning from the noble Linesider and you have a read, courtesy of Mr. Russell, that anyone who cares about the continued health of the Striped Bass, its habitat and the continued reclamation of our coastal waters will tear through then pick up and read once again. Bravo!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Game Fish or Not? Read it and You Decide! 23 Mar. 2006
By Montauk Dream'n - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, comprehensive history of the fight to save this magnificent fish. If your a die hard striper fisherman, you should read this book. Also speaks to the present challenges facing the striper.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good book with some caveats 29 April 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The author was a critical part of the movement in the 1980's to establish conservation measures for the East Coast Striped Bass population. The first chapters provide a historical background for the near collapse of the bass population in the early 1980's. Persons interested in environmental movements will find interesting Russell's description of how he along with other environmentalists caused first increases in the minimum capture length, and then a moritorium on landing the bass in several states. The first part of the book also reveals with honesty, the sport fishing bias of the author. There is also a touching story about a handmade surfcasting rod.

Blaming commercial fishing on all of the bass's ills, is misguided. The author shows plenty of evidence that land based agriculture and development have huge impacts on the bass's spawning grounds, but strangely his efforts do not lead him to action wrt this aspect of the problem. Indeed, he shows little real interest in the California population of the Striped Bass, which hasn't been landed commercially since the '70s.

Further, implying that a restricted fishery practiced only in NC and VA can be the cause of alleged problems with the Menhaden population of the entire east coast is silly.

Overall, though, this is a good read for a recreational fisherman or anyone with an interest in the environment.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Understanding the love of fishing 28 Dec. 2005
By J. Halvorsen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you fish, you'll love this book. If you don't fish (but have a loved one that does) you'll love this book. Dick Russell chronicles the history of saving the bass in a noncomplicated, factual, way. He also includes the personalities of members of both sides. It makes you stop and wonder what humans are doing to our environment. If you do stop and think, it can be downright scary. Anecedotes are included about individual fisherman that let you recognize your own fisherman in your family. You wonder who wrote the anecdote(Russell or your fisherman). You end up appreciating the fish and its waters and hopefully understand that it is everyone's responsibility to protect all. Catch and release!
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