Description

The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout

Thomas P. Quinn

  • Published: 2004
  • Subject Listing: Biology, Fisheries, Ecology
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 190 illus., 64 in color, 62 tables, 8" x 10"
  • Territorial rights: World rights except in Canada
  • Published with: American Fisheries Society
  • Contents

Few subjects have generated as much emotional dialogue around conflicting scientific and policy agendas as the protection and management of Pacific salmon resources. In this major new work, esteemed fisheries expert Thomas Quinn distills from the vast scientific literature the essential information on the behavior and ecology of Pacific salmon, including steelhead and cutthroat trout. Unlike other books that examine only selected life stages, habitats, or species, this book - richly illustrated with beautiful photographs and original drawings - thoroughly covers the complete life cycle, emphasizing common themes and differences among the various species of salmon.

Representing the range of species and geographic regions, Quinn includes examples from classic studies by pioneers of salmon biology and from the most current research to illustrate the important features of salmon life history and behavior and the complex physical, biological, and human factors that affect them.

The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout introduces salmon and trout as a group, with a brief description of each species, and compares them to other fishes. The book then follows salmon on their amazing homeward migration from the open ocean, through the complex coastal waters, and upstream to the precise location where they were spawned years earlier. It explains the patterns of mate choice, the competition for nest sites, and the fate of the salmon after their death. It describes the lives of offspring during the months they spend incubating in gravel, growing in fresh water, and migrating out to sea to mature. Quinn emphasizes the importance of salmon to humans and to natural ecosystems and the need to integrate sound biology into conservation efforts.

This thorough, up-to-date survey should be on the shelf of anyone with a professional or personal interest in Pacific salmon and trout. Written in a technically accurate but engaging style, it will appeal to a wide range of readers, including students, anglers, biologists, conservationists, legislators, and armchair naturalists.

Thomas P. Quinn is professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, University of Washington.

“No book on salmon and salmon ecosystems is as well integrated or as up to date as this one. Thomas Quinn has brought together a wealth of information on salmon behavior, life history, and ecology.” - Peter Bisson, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. Homeward Migration of Adults on the Open Ocean
3. Migrations in Coastal and Estuarine Waters
4. Upriver Migration and Energetics
5. Homing and Patterns of Straying
6. Mating System and Reproductive Success
7. The Ecology of Dead Salmon
8. Incubation Rate and Mortality of Embryos
9. Alevin Movements, Emergence, and Fry Migrations
10. Sockeye Salmon and Trout in Lakes
11. Juvenile Salmonids in Streams
12. Downstream Migration: To Sea or Not to Sea?
13. Estuarine Residence and Migration
14. Marine Migration Patterns
15. Survival in the Marine Environment
16. Feeding and Growth at Sea
17. Age and Size at Maturity
18. The Evolution and Structure of Salmon Populations
19. The Abundance and Diversity of Pacific Salmon: Past, Present, and Future
References Cited
Index
Reviews

"A highly readable and dilligently researched up-to-date survey of what is known and not known about Pacific salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. This book is timely too, since unique policy discussions are currently taking place focusing on the protection and management of these noble fish in the Northwest."
- Salmon Trout Steelheader

"Quinn has assembled a work destined to become a milestone in salmon literature. Based on cutting-edge research, it offers the most detailed explanation of salmon life history and behavior to appear in print." - The Seattle Times

"[This] is perhaps the finest compilation of information on this fascinating group of fish." - In-Fisherman

"The new Bible for those fascinated by wild salmon, whether personally or professionally." - Tidepool

"A readable book aimed not only at scientists and academics but also at "ordinary" people who just want to learn more about these ecologically and economically important animals. Salmon have played such a prominent role in our social and ecological history: let us arm ourselves with knowledge of their fascinating life histories and ecological importance as we fight for their conservation and survival into the future." - Discovery