About the Book
The spacing of netting, seasons, sizing of containers, material, and methods are all choices that sculpt habitat and culture in the Pacific Northwest.
In Piscary, art guides an observation of industry and ancestry. Local author and landscape designer, Phia Sennett, traces regional transformation through photography, archives, poetry, collage, and mapping. The book’s dream-like photographs and collages match a mistaken reality of salmon and the new role of the species as a symbolic icon.
Even though today’s wild salmon are at five percent of historic numbers, the fishing industry continues to define the Salish Sea. Each chapter of Piscary takes place at a different elevation and explores a breadth of fishing practices encompassing wild caught, reefnet, fish farmed, hatchery, and aquaculture.
Phia Sennett is a designer whose work finds inspiration from the convergence of land and sea. She grew up in the most northwest corner of the contiguous United States. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She was a Robertson Scholar at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied media studies and geography respectively. Phia is based in Washington State and the other “Washington” in D.C.