Basking Sharks: The Slaughter of BC’s Gentle Giants by Scott Wallace and Brian Gisborne. 2006 Vancouver: New Star Books. Every summer BC waters used to be visited by hundreds of the world’s 2nd largest fish, the basking shark. Because they feed at the surface, filtering small organisms while swimming with their cavernous mouth wide open, they tended to get tangled up in fishing equipment, and were therefore considered pests. A government sponsored eradication program ensued, which is why we no longer get to enjoy these amazing creatures. This is a natural history story that we should all be aware of as a lesson.

Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest. Andy Lamb and Phil Edgell, Harbour Publishing, 2015

Fisherman’s Summer by Roderick Haig-Brown, David Zarbock, et al. Available Amazon Audible free with trial

Island Salmon Fisherman: Vancouver island Hotspots by Robert H. Jones and Larry E. Stefanyk 2008

Return to the River:The Classic story of the Chinook Salmon and of the Men Who Fish It By Roderick L. Haig-Brown and Jay Cassell | Nov 8 2016 Return to the River remains one of the finest books ever written about the salmon and has won its place as an angler’s and naturalist’s classic.
Drawn back again to spawn in the stream that hatched them, the deep-sea salmon, the great silver chinooks, return as inevitably as the September rains. Return to the River captures the whole sweep of the chinook migration in every significant detail: the departure seaward of the millions of small fry in the spring of the second year, the saltwater life of the free-swimming schools in the deeps beyond Puget Sound, the later return of the survivors—sixty- and eighty-pounders that leap against every obstacle, striving to complete their lives at last among upland shallows barely deep enough to contain them. Roderick Haig-Brown, observing with the trained eye of the naturalist what he records with a novelist’s skill, here sets forth the dramatic life history of one salmon from her hatching through her mating—the fulfillment of her life cycle.

Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia by Gordon McFarlane and Jackie King ISBN 978-0-7726-7335-0 Royal BC Museum Handbook


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