Catherine Schmitt

Schmitt to talk about ‘President’s Salmon’

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Author Catherine Schmitt will discuss her book “The President’s Salmon” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Between 1912 and 1992, recreational anglers on the Penobscot River in Maine held an annual tradition of giving the first Atlantic salmon caught each spring to the President of the United States. This ritual provides a structure examining how Penobscot River salmon were affected by national policies regarding energy, industrial water use and pollution throughout the 20th century.

Today, Atlantic salmon are on the endangered species list, and the Penobscot River continues to hold the nation’s largest remaining run of wild Atlantic salmon. Schmitt’s book explores the intertwined natural, cultural and political histories of Atlantic salmon in Maine.

Schmitt also is the author of “A Coastal Companion: A Year in the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to Canada” and most recently, “Historic Acadia National Park.” Her writing is informed by her scientific background, which includes experience studying lakes, streams, wetlands and beaches throughout the Northeast. She directs communications for the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. There will be books will be for sale and signing.

Call the library at 244-7065.


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