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Herring and People of the North Pacific: Sustaining a Keystone Species (Paperback)

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Herring are vital to the productivity and health of marine systems, and socio-ecologically Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) is one of the most important fish species in the Northern Hemisphere. Human dependence on herring has evolved for millennia through interactions with key spawning areas--but humans have also significantly impacted the species' distribution and abundance.

Combining ethnological, historical, archaeological, and political perspectives with comparative reference to other North Pacific cultures, Herring and People of the North Pacific traces fishery development in Southeast Alaska from precontact Indigenous relationships with herring to postcontact focus on herring products. Revealing new findings about current herring stocks as well as the fish's significance to the conservation of intraspecies biodiversity, the book explores the role of traditional local knowledge, in combination with archeological, historical, and biological data, in both understanding marine ecology and restoring herring to their former abundance.

About the Author

Thomas F. Thornton is dean of arts and sciences and vice provost for research and sponsored programs at the University of Alaska Southeast, and author of Being and Place among the Tlingit. Madonna L. Moss is professor of anthropology and curator of zooarchaeology at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon, and author of Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780295748290
ISBN-10: 029574829X
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: January 31st, 2021
Pages: 276
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 12/4/2021 03:42am
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