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By: Nick Baker

A Rural Legacy Lost. Net Salmon Fishing On The River Dart in Devon: An Occupation, Way of Life and Associated Dialect in Terminal Decline?

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In A Rural Legacy Lost. Net Salmon Fishing on the River Dart in Devon: An Occupation, Way of Life and Associated Dialect in Terminal Decline? we learn of the tradition of harvesting salmon as a means of business and pastime. Beginning with a biologically appropriate explanation of salmon as a species, a rare and hardy survivor of a fish that focuses its travels and migrations for the sole purpose of reproduction, Nick Baker commences an introduction of how people have worked to follow salmon, track its life cycle, and measure the strength of its population over time.

Referencing multiple governmental agencies and professional organizations, Baker shows the challenges the salmon population faces in regard to problems posed by global warming and climate change; illustrates and organizes historical dialect and jargon; and presents how the decline of salmon fishing and loss of farming has impacted the housing and economic structure of Stoke Gabriel in Devon. This expose of salmon fishing and the changing Devon community is concluded with a list of potential issues the people face and some solutions which may help.


Nick taught geology and geography for many years at a senior independent school, having a first degree in both subjects and an M.A. in geology education, also having carried out PhD research in earth science secondary education.

He, like both parents before him, was born in Stoke Gabriel, Devon, situated on the banks of the River Dart which for innumerable years has been a focus of salmon fishing.


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