An Entirely Synthetic Fish by Anders Halverson

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An Entirely Synthetic Fish
By Anders Halverson
Yale University Press 2010

This book could change your angling future. It should change the way you think about fish and fishing. It’s a “must read” for all Maine anglers.

Anders Halverson, in his book An Entirely Synthetic Fish, explains “how rainbow trout beguiled America and overran the world.”

Maine’s new flirtation with rainbow trout demands a better understanding of that fish and its impacts around the world. More importantly, it’s time for more Maine anglers to respect and protect our native fish.

Sure, that new painted-up hussy is attractive and tempting, but it’s never a good idea to abandon the one you brought to the dance. Appreciate what you’ve got, Maine anglers!

In state after state, rainbow romances drove anglers and fisheries managers to toss aside native species in favor of the painted hussy. It grew fast, jumped out of the water when hooked, and was easy to catch.

Maine Hatcheries – Time For Change

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A state Hatchery Commission, after meeting 15 times and spending $500,000 on engineering studies and plans, recommended in 2002 that Maine quadruple the pounds of fish grown in the hatcheries of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and stocked throughout the state.

The Commission, on which I served, found that “there is increasing evidence that the State’s recreational salmonid fisheries no longer meet the expectations of many anglers. In addition, other New England states and Canada are heavily competing for the attention of these anglers and may be drawing anglers away from the State.”

“Maine’s fish production facilities form the backbone of the sport fishing industry in Maine and if Maine hopes to successfully compete on a national and international level for angler dollars, these facilities must be upgraded and maintained to produce significantly more salmonid fish,” said the Commission.

“Fish production goals must be implemented as expeditiously as possible to address angler’s perception that Maine’s recreational salmonid fisheries are in decline,” concluded the Commission.

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