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?
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
Selected Online Interviews
From the Itinerant Angler: "Dr. Anders Halverson is the author of the new book, "An Entirely Synthetic Fish," which is a killer read about the rise and mass promulgation of the rainbow trout worldwide. How did a fish we put so much value on come to be so widespread, and does it really deserve the credit we give it?"
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.