October 22, 2014



This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Read it and Pass it on,  sharing salmon history. I’ll tell you more after this…

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A book that highlights salmon history will be widely distributed throughout Alaska from now until spring. Starting this week the nonprofit group, The Salmon project is holding its first ever book drops in hopes of sparking conversation and insight to many communities in Alaska and beyond.


“The book is called the King of fish- The thousand year run of salmon, and it is written by David Montgomery.”


The Salmon Projects executive director Erin Harrington-


“He is a professor at the University of Washington, and  is actually a geomorphologist.  He looks at really long term things that happen on the earth and its system.  He got an interest in and wrote this book about salmon about a decade ago. So he went way back and looked at human, salmon interaction, all the way back to a thousand A.D. in Europe.”


The tale follows the coastlines of Europe, the East Coast, Canada and  Puget Sound, with only a tiny reference to Alaska. Harrington finds the book fascinating.


“I don’t think we as Alaskans often get the chance to really think about the natural history of the fish and the way people interact with them. But what really caught our attention about it is, it’s very thought provoking, but it doesn’t have an Alaska chapter; Montgomery wrote the book from the prospective of Puget Sound.  So what I think is intriguing about this book for us is that it opens up the space for Alaskans to read it and learn a little bit more about this natural history , but then to be able to think about what the Alaska chapter might be.”


1200 free books are to be handed out. The drop kicks of this week in Kodiak and Homer. Future drops are being scheduled in nearly half a dozen more communities throughout the state. Harrington is excited to see how far the book goes.


“The book Drop is an experimental project and so what is going to happen with it over the next say two, three, six months is going to reveal itself to us as we go along.”

Harrington hopes for the salmon history to touch anyone and everyone, young and old. Each book carries a message on the front saying read it, pass it on.

“I can see this book lending itself easily to conversations at people’s fish camps, and at peoples sport fishing trips. I can see the books tucked into shelves on boats around the state and in coffee shops. We would love to see it become part of conservation in all different types of places and for all different salmon users.”  

Catch links and more book drop info on our website alaskafishradio.com

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