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Something Spectacular
My Great Lakes Salmon Story
As the new chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in 1964, Howard A. Tanner was challenged to “do something . . . spectacular.” He met that challenge by leading the successful introduction of coho salmon into the Michigan waters of the Great Lakes. This volume illustrates how Tanner was able to accomplish this feat: from a detailed account of his personal and professional background that provided a foundation for success; the historical and contemporary context in which the Fish Division undertook this bold step to reorient the state’s fishery from commercial to sport; the challenges, such as resistance from existing government institutions and finding funding, that he and his colleagues faced; the risks they took by introducing a nonnative species; the surprises they experienced in the first season’s catch; to, finally, the success they achieved in establishing a world-renowned, biologically and financially beneficial sport fishery in the Great Lakes. Tanner provides an engaging history of successfully introducing Pacific salmon into the lakes from the perspective of an ultimate insider.
Publication Date: December 1st, 2018
256 pages| 6 in x 9 in
HOWARD A. TANNER, widely known as the "father of the Great Lakes salmon fishery," spent a distinguished forty-year career in fisheries and natural resources and serving as chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation Fish Division and director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  

Early Praise

“The greatest fish story ever told! The successful introduction of Pacific Salmon into the Great Lakes. And the incredible account of it all by Howard A. Tanner. Tanner recalls formative early life events that eventually led him back to Michigan. Those experiences molded him into being the right person in the right place at the right time. Through his efforts and determination some fifty years ago so many now enjoy Something Spectacular, a world-class Great Lakes fishery.”
—Captain Denny Grinold, Chair, U.S. Committee of Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
“Tanner has removed the curtain that hid the inner workings of a mid-twentieth-century state bureaucracy and brings to life the momentous and life-changing events that he worked on. These stories provide a wealth of historical documentation of what is undeniably the world’s largest successful fishery manipulation ever.”
Jim Dexter, Fisheries Chief, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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