Skeena Steelhead: Unknown Past, Uncertain Future
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Author: Robert S. Hooton
Skeena Steelhead is the story of one of the world’s premiere freshwater game fish. Between its covers you won’t find tales of arm-wrenching grabs and heroic struggles with world-record summer steelhead. Instead you’ll be able to track the events that have conspired to imperil an internationally renowned treasure.
The story begins with the Skeena steelhead biology and life history. First Nations fisheries are studied that frequently conflict with commonly held beliefs about the origin and magnitude of those fisheries. Commercial fisheries, salmon focused, that began to choke the mouth of the Skeena 135 years ago are described in sufficient detail to appreciate their cumulative impact on homeward-bound Skeena steelhead. This tragic story could only be told by someone firmly entrenched in the river’s fisheries management community. Before his retirement, Bob Hooton was in charge of steelhead management on the Skeena and he continues to be an inspirational defender of the Skeena’s steelhead.
The situation is not hopeless, if enough of us get informed and get motivated, the Skeena’s remarkable steelhead runs can be restored. In Skeena Steelhead Bob Hooton shows us how we can and, more importantly, why we must.
9 x 12 Inches, 160 Pages, Color & Historical photographs
Published October 2011