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Virtual Book Club: An Entirely 'Synthetic' Fish

Suppose that more than a century ago, U.S. government officials became concerned democracy itself was at risk because men seemed to be less virile.  

Suppose that to reverse this trend they decided to populate streams, rivers, and lakes with “an entirely ‘synthetic’ fish”—quarry with which Americans could rediscover their abilities to capture and kill animals.

And suppose that, up to the present, these creatures were still being produced and distributed on a massive scale, sometimes even being trained like gladiators and pumped full of the same supplements as the best human athletes so that they would provide a better fight.

Such is the true story of the rainbow trout.

book_clubAnders Halverson is an award-winning writer with a Ph.D. in ecology from Yale University and will lead a virtual discussion about his book. (Photo: USFWS)

Sometimes vilified for their devastating effects on the native fauna, sometimes glorified as the preeminent sport fish, the rainbow trout is the repository of more than a century of America's often contradictory philosophies about the natural world.

This Feburary, our team at the National Conservation Training Center will hold it's first book club discussion of 2013. Join author Anders Halverson as he blogs about his book, An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World

Learn more about how you can be a part of our virtual book club, America's Wild Read.

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