Becoming salmon: aquaculture and the domestication of a fish
Salmon have come a long way. Th ey were here before us. Th ey were the backbone of coastal human livelihoods, a reliable and seasonal resource, a conduit of nutrients from the depths of distant oceans, conveniently delivered where the land meets the sea. Our history together goes way back. But recently it took off in a new direction. Th is book is an ethnography of a “city of fi sh.” It tells the story of how salmon became a husbandry animal and how sentience was extended to salmon. It is about an emerging industry that expanded beyond all predictions and caused a massive rechanneling of marine resources worldwide. It is also the story of how new forms of biocapital transformed the relation of human to nonhuman, of culture to nature, as salmon went global. But most of all, it is a study of novel and unfamiliar encounters between salmon and their people, on and off salmon farms
in western Norway, upriver and beyond.
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