Fishing on the Russian River

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The Russian River tells a rich story of Sonoma County, both historically and ecologically. For as long as can be remembered, there has been an intimate relationship between the people of the Russian River and the fish, specifically the salmon and the steelhead. This tale of fishing begins with the Pomo people's communal fishing forays, winds through Russian exploration and early American settlement, and lands in the present time. For millennia, fishing has been a cultural cornerstone on the Russian River. Unfortunately, this once lively and productive salmonid fishery is dying. Overfishing, gravel mining, increased sedimentation from logging and agriculture, dams, and overdevelopment along the riverbanks and tributaries have all caused a decline in salmonid numbers. Thankfully, through collaborative efforts of local residents, nonprofit organizations, ranchers, farmers, and government agencies, fish populations are rebounding.
ISBN: 9781467132381
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 197
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Meghan Walla-Murphy, a local resident and ecologist, became enchanted with the salmon of the Russian River when she moved to the area in 2011. Following a driving urge to share the story of the salmon with others, she has gathered illuminating visuals from anglers and historians, museums, historical societies, nonprofits, and government agencies to weave a tale of the Russian River, salmon, and fishing.
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