Wild salmon inhabit a vast ecosystem that encompasses the rivers within and the ocean between coastal countries of the Pacific Rim — from glacial melt in Alaska, and permafrost in the northern Russia, to Kamchatkan tundra and the North American temperate rainforests, to the steep and fast rivers of Japan, as far south as Taiwan and Mexico.
But within the past century and a half, many populations have declined in abundance and diversity; without the big picture, we haven't been able to understand or quantify these losses in Pacific salmon populations. Until now.
In this book — the result of a decade's research — author Xanthippe Augerot and colleagues use a common yardstick to measure distribution and risk of extinction for Pacific salmon at a consistent scale across the North Pacific. The Atlas, using more than four dozen maps, presents a never-before seen composite, a pan-Pacific perspective on the status of this genus,
In a book that will appeal across audiences, Augerot nests her findings in the greater context of North Pacific people and places; catalogues natural and human-made threats to salmon populations; and describes a North Pacific Ecosystem Approach to solutions toward a future that includes healthy wild Pacific salmon.
Praise for the Atlas of Pacific Salmon:
"This atlas is no less than a guide to salmon conservation from California to Japan. The maps are works of art and their message is urgent: salmon populations need help everywhere."
— Peter B. Moyle
author of Inland Fishes of California
"Included in this volume are discussions and detailed maps that span a breathtaking range of salmon-related subjects… It is much more than an atlas and as such it should be owned and carefully read by everyone with an interest in the web of North Pacific life."
— John E. McCosker
"Salmon are the world's most complex fishes and no other swimming creatures have so affected peoples' views of themselves and their place in the world. This excellent Atlas is the most illuminating overview ever conceived about these miraculous creatures and their human and biological context."
— Carl Safina
author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross