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Something Spectacular: My Great Lakes Salmon Story
by Howard A. Tanner
Michigan State University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-60917-582-5 | Cloth: 978-1-61186-303-1
Library of Congress Classification SH686.4.T36 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 639.27560977

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
As the new chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in 1964, Howard A. Tanner was challenged to “do something . . . spectacular.” He met that challenge by leading the successful introduction of coho salmon into the Michigan waters of the Great Lakes. This volume illustrates how Tanner was able to accomplish this feat: from a detailed account of his personal and professional background that provided a foundation for success; the historical and contemporary context in which the Fish Division undertook this bold step to reorient the state’s fishery from commercial to sport; the challenges, such as resistance from existing government institutions and finding funding, that he and his colleagues faced; the risks they took by introducing a nonnative species; the surprises they experienced in the first season’s catch; to, finally, the success they achieved in establishing a world-renowned, biologically and financially beneficial sport fishery in the Great Lakes. Tanner provides an engaging history of successfully introducing Pacific salmon into the lakes from the perspective of an ultimate insider.
 

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