Reviews of An Entirely Synthetic Fish


Halverson entertainingly introduces some of the most tangled questions in conservation biology: What is a species? What is native? What is natural? What is wild?

-  Science, April 2, 2010

With prose as engaging as it is thoughtful, Halverson has crafted an absorbing cautionary tale of ecological trial and error, documenting our tardy but increasing understanding of biological interdependence and its immeasurable value. 
-  Washington Post, February 28, 2010

This isn't one of those books that only fly-fishermen will like An Entirely Synthetic Fish is a compelling cautionary tale about how the systematic introduction and massive cultivation of rainbow trout for fishing changed America's waterways, both for better and for worse.
Outside, December 2010

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Selected Online Interviews

May 10, 2012

length: 44:32

Over a century ago, the U.S. government became concerned that American men were becoming less virile. So streams, rivers and lakes were populated with "an entirely 'synthetic' fish" to help Americans rediscover their abilities to capture and kill. These creatures are still being produced and distributed on a massive scale. Award-winning journalist, aquatic ecologist and lifelong fisherman Anders Halverson will discuss the history of the rainbow trout.

March 5, 2013


Conservation in Action Series: An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World


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