New book by Jim Lichatowich: Salmon, People and Place

Via the Albany Tribune: OSU Press Publishes Book On Salmon By Acclaimed Biologist

For more than 40 years, Jim Lichatowich worked with Pacific salmon as a researcher, resource manager and scientific adviser, and he has seen first-hand the decline of Northwest salmon populations during that time.

In a new book published by the Oregon State University Press, Lichatowich outlines a plan for salmon recovery based on the lessons he has learned during his long career.

His book, Salmon, People, and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery, points out many misconceptions about salmon that have hampered management and limited recovery programs. These programs will continue to fail, he argues, as long as they look at salmon as “products” and ignore their essential relationship with the environment.

Among his suggestions for reforming salmon management and recovery: Holding salmon managers and administrators accountable; requiring agencies to do more “institutional learning”; not relying on shifting baselines of data; undertaking hatchery reform; and returning to place-based salmon management.

John Larison, author of “The Complete Steelheader,” praised the OSU Press book written by Lichatowich. “Part science, part anthropology, part philosophy, this is a revelatory book and essential reading for anyone hoping to understand salmon in the Northwest,” Larison said.

Check out a great video of Jim here:

01 Jim Lichatowich SRF 2012 from Thomas B. Dunklin on Vimeo.

Putting this on my Christmas wish-list.


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