Fall 2009

Wisconsin's Water Library

An ancient fish, some modern titles

In honor of the publication of People of the Sturgeon, Wisconsin’s Water Library invites you to further explore the world of this fascinating fish and the other fish of Wisconsin.

The philosopher fish: Sturgeon, caviar, and the geography of desire
by Richard Adams Carey. New York: Counterpoint, 2005.

Since the days of the Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. In this spectacular jaunt, Adams immerses himself in the world of sturgeon, the fish that lays these golden eggs.

Caviar: The strange history and uncertain future of the world’s most coveted delicacy
by Inga Saffron. New York: Broadway Books, 2002.

Inga Saffron tells, for the first time, the story of how the virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking, bottom-feeding sturgeon were transformed from a humble peasant food into a czar’s delicacy–and ultimately a coveted status symbol for a rising middle class.

Fishing the Great Lakes: An Environmental History, 1783-1933
by Margaret Beattie Bogue. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

Bogue has written the definitive history of the decline of the Great Lakes fisheries and how overfishing, pollution, political squabbling, poor public policies, and commercial exploitation combined to damage the fish population before the arrival of the sea lamprey in the 1940s.

The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery
by Shari L. Dann and Brandon C. Schroeder. Ann Arbor: Michigan Sea Grant, 2003.

This publication describes the current status of the Great Lakes fishery; outlines the fishery of the past in terms of the social, technological and environmental changes it has faced, and discusses issues to consider for the future.

Fishes of Wisconsin
by George C. Becker. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.

This encyclopedic reference to 157 fish species found in Wisconsin has become a model for all other such works. Please visit the Water Library at http://aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary for more information.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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