Title: Silver Swimmer: The Struggle for Survival of...
Publisher: Lyons & Burford, New York, N.Y.
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "To Phoebe D--: / In recognition of her many years of interest in salmon fishing and support of our efforts to conserve this most wonderful of all wild fishes-- / With all best wishes-- / Richard Buck / April 8,1994." Laid in is a short typewritten letter from Buck (signed "Dick") on Restoration of Atlantic Salmon in America, Inc., letterhead, dated April 11, 1994, saying "it gives me a lot of pleasure to mail the same to you with what I hope you will find to be a suitable inscription" etc. Quarter-bound in blue cloth-covered boards with a red cloth, yellow-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $35.00). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002471
Synopsis: Silver Swimmer is the dramatic chronicle of the monumental struggle to conserve and restore the great Atlantic salmon during the last half of the twentieth century. It is written by the person who led the campaigns and who has been called (by Marshall Field) the man who "knows more about Atlantic salmon from a conservation point of view than anyone alive today." Silver Swimmer vividly describes the life cycle of this great game fish, its overexploitation by the Danes and Norwegians by drift netting on the high seas, and then the delicate, difficult efforts - led by the United States through international diplomacy - to face the threat of "The Salmon War." Buck - in what becomes the first historical narrative of these events - describes the founding of the Committee on the Atlantic Salmon Emergency (CASE), its successor, Restoration of the Atlantic Salmon in America (RASA), the development of the seminal high-seas treaty salmon aquaculture (and its environmental significance), and the future of the wild salmon. This is a fascinating, pathbreaking book, sure to be of major interest to all conservationists and sportsmen.
From Publishers Weekly:
No sentimental paean to yet another endangered species, Buck's account of U.S. efforts to conserve the Atlantic salmon, a fish with international economic, recreational and symbolic value, is a political record with a focus on international diplomacy. The case is a classic one for environmentalists, including practical management solutions available to the countries and groups involved in the conflict. Even so, the effort to conserve and restore the North Atlantic game fish from over-exploitation developed into a 20-year series of battles in which greed, in the guise of tradition, enjoyed a tactical advantage. After a brief overview of the salmon's life-cycle (with particular attention to its most vulnerable periods), Buck, who led the Committee on the Atlantic Salmon Emergency and a later organization, Restoration of the Atlantic Salmon in America, lays out the grinding work of a mature environmental movement, documenting progress in a meeting-by-meeting, letter-by-protest-letter diary-like approach. Those who hope to "do something" about the environment will get a sobering and instructive view into the process from this expert chronicle. Photos not seen by PW.
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