Pacific Salmon: From Egg to Exit


128 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-88839-379-2
DDC 559.7'55





Illustrations by Shayne MacLellan
Reviewed by Patrick Colgan

Patrick Colgan is the executive director of the Canadian Museum of
Nature in Ottawa.


Drawing deeply on the vast scientific literature, Graham Bell, formerly
with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, has prepared a
comprehensive and popular overview of salmon.

The five species are described in terms of their lifestyles, feeding,
growth, and spawning. There is a good review of water as a physical and
biological medium, and of anatomy and physiology, including the
problematic issue of pain. The section on disease is perhaps too long,
but Bell provides a valuable account of the effects of pollution on

The text is complemented by tables, figures, cartoons, and photographs
(both color and black-and-white).

Pacific Salmon will appeal to nature lovers and fisherfolk alike.


Bell, Gordon., “Pacific Salmon: From Egg to Exit,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 21, 2024,