THE ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION DEPARTMENT

2005-2006 LECTURE SERIES

John Waldman on "100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish"

September 16, 2005 

 

John Waldman has done research on fisheries biology for over 20 years and worked for most of them at the Hudson River Foundation. He is now Professor of Biology at Queens College, CUNY. His specialty is fisheries management and has worked on striped bass and sturgeon management and conservation. He is co-editor of the upcoming "The Hudson River Estuary," to be published by Cambridge Univerity Press.

Waldman has written a number of fascinating books about the ocean and fishing. He edited "Stripers, An Angler's Anthology" a collection of the finest essays written about the monarch of fishes in our region. His "Heartbeats in the Muck" captured the history and the amazing story of renewal of the life New York Harbor in recent decades. His uncanny ability to find fascinating stories is illustrated perfectly by his newest book, "100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish". Just how many thousands of dollars will one pay for a rod to catch a fish? Can you catch a fish by taking advantage of its territorial imperative? Will you reach into a hollow log to catch a fish, only to have your fingers bitten off by an alligator snapper? Are you willing to go out at night, swinging an Arabian-style dagger at your prey? These and even more weird ways of fishermen will fill his fascinating lecture.