Those Dammed Shad: Would the River Fisheries of New England Have Survived in the Absence of Industrialization?

TitleThose Dammed Shad: Would the River Fisheries of New England Have Survived in the Absence of Industrialization?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsVickers, D
JournalThe William and Mary Quarterly
Volume61
Pagination685-712
ISBN Number0043-5597
KeywordsAmerican history, Environmental conditions, Fisheries, History, Industrial development, Rivers
Abstract

Vickers examines the ecological history of the river fisheries of New England in the context of a shifting baseline. Because a historical study often assumes prior stability in a region when none existed, it is reasonable to assess whether the fisheries along New England's rivers would have continued to survive even in the absence of the region's industrialization.