The Quest for the Golden Trout is about looking at our nation’s rivers with a more critical eye—and asking more questions about both historic and current practices in fisheries management. 7×10 inches, 324 pgs.
The angler’s dream of fishing pristine waters in unspoiled country for sleek, healthy trout has turned fishing into a form of theater. It is a manufactured experience—much to the detriment of our rivers and streams. Americans’ love of trout has reached a level of fervor that borders on the religious. Federal and state agencies, as well as nongovernmental lobbying groups, invest billions of dollars on river restoration projects and fish-stocking programs. Yet, their decisions are based on faulty logic and risk destroying species they are tasked with protecting. River ecosystems are modified with engineered structures to improve fishing, native species that compete with trout are eradicated, and nonnative invasive game fish are indiscriminately introduced, genetically modified, and selectively bred to produce more appealing targets for anglers—including the freakishly contrived “golden trout.”
About the Author
Douglas M. Thompson is the Karla Heurich Harrison ’28 Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, and a professor of geology in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics at Connecticut College.
He was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1967. He studied geology and geography at Middlebury College before obtaining his MS and PhD in Earth Resources at Colorado State University. He is a fluvial geomorphologist who studies the landforms and the natural processes that create aquatic habitat in river systems. He is particularly interested in the formation of pools, which are critical for trout and salmon survival. His love of rivers dates back to his youth when he would often sneak off to the local rivers with a fishing rod in hand. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.