on 16 December 2011
Callum Roberts is an eminent marine biologist. Amongst his areas of interest is the history of human exploitation of the sea's resources, particularly through fishing. If we are to manage fisheries sustainably and restore invaluable biodiversity to our oceans, it is vital that we understand the growth of fishing pressure through history. This book is therefore an important account of how we got into the current catastrophic mess and how we might begin to put things right. It is scholarly and important but it is, at the same time, extremely readable: full of contemporary detail and flavour and beautifully written. A book that I read and then bought several further copies to give to friends.
on 29 October 2012
This is a fabulous book. A real eye-opener about the state of our seas today. The author has delved deep into historic records to build a detailed picture of the sheer scale of over-exploition of the sea and the concept of shifting baselines, where each successive generation perceives population levels in their environment against recent trends, rather than against historic levels. I truly recommend this book to everyone.