Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters along the World's Coasts and beneath the Seas Hardcover – 31 Dec 1996
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"Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book." --Richard Ellis, "Los Angeles Times"
"[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates." --Harry E. Demarest, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book." --Thurston Clarke, "The New York Times Book Review"
"You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again." --Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
"If you love the ocean, read this book."" --Big Game Fishing Journal"
Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book. "Richard Ellis, Los Angeles Times"
[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates. "Harry E. Demarest, San Francisco Chronicle"
Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book. "Thurston Clarke, The New York Times Book Review"
You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again. "Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association"
If you love the ocean, read this book. "Big Game Fishing Journal"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Travel and true adventure through the world's oceans.
In Song for the Blue Ocean we go on a global journey through the world's changing seas, combining adventure, science, politics, and insights into the human condition. We accompany people whose lives in and on the oceans are a drama of clashing ambitions and a daily struggle for existence. We fish with commercial and subsistence fishers, we dive with research scientists, we walk through ancient forests where salmon spawn, and fly over vast clearcuts that have simultaneously taken the trees, the salmon streams, and the foreseeable future. We visit the shark fin shops in Hong Kong for a glimpse of what China's new-found capitalism means for oceans around the globe. We sleep alongside Islamic separatists who seek desperately to protect their coral reefs.
My empathy here is as much with people as wild nature, and I convey the dilemmas intertwining both. In the end, we find reason for hopefulness in a very unlikely place--a dangerous, heavily armed fishing village on a remote island near the Indonesian border.
Today's changing oceans pull together universal themes about resources, autonomy, economies, ideologies, and human nature that weave the context of our life and times. Although I believe this book is the most thorough and up-to-date account of the world's seas, it is in many ways about much more than the oceans.
Richard Ellis, author of Men and Whales, and Deep Atlantic, had this to say about my book: "I once thought about writing a book about the depletion and destruction of the oceans. Am I glad I didn't! Carl Safina has done what I could only dream about: he has written a plaintive, sensitive, caring, intelligent, indignant paean to his beloved waters and their threatened inhabitants. Safina takes us into the embattled world of the New England fisherman; to the salmon rivers of the American west, and to the once-pristine and lovely South Pacific reefs. This book will make you mad as hell; it will make you marvel at the wonders he describes (I love the way he writes about bluefin tuna!) and it will make you glad to realize that there is someone like Carl Safina who cares enough to devote his life to the preservation of the earth's most fragile and misunderstood ecosystems."
I hope you enjoy the experience of reading Song for the Blue Ocean.
Top Customer Reviews
And somewhere within all this, you discover that not only is Safina an objective scientist, an environmentalist who cares for the well being of other humans and is actually concerned for the plight of those who make their living off the seas; he is also a gifted writer.
I kid you not. This is a book about marine science. It made me bawl like a baby. It is, despite it's complex issues, so innately human. And that's what makes it essential. Safina is no tree hugging environmentalist - he appraises it with a keen eye for its beauty and its terror but is also a firece guardian - of the system which allows us to live with it.Read more ›
The book is divided into three large sections covering the following regions: New England and bluefin tuna, the Pacific Northwest and salmon, and the southwest Pacific and aquarium fishes. Each section is self contained and focuses on the specific region targeted by the section. Safina, fortunately, does not attempt to create a mega tome describing all the ocean's problems. Rather, he focuses are three extremely well researched areas that, assumingly, typify the problems with the sea.
Safina has a unique talent for storytelling that conveys deep meanings and complex relationships. The need for such a simple, and yet complex, analysis is similar to the simple, and yet complex, issues that surround ocean depletion itself. That is, Safina is not a typical "environmentalist" with the "answers." He is a concerned person who tells the complex story of how a "simple" event like overfishing can occur in our "modern" world. The complex and interrelated dynamics of economy, politics, science, families, occupations, and age together lead to the "simple" problems that Safina describes. As becomes very evident in the book, one can only understand the problem, and then presumably take action, when one understands and accepts the complex dynamics that created the problem.Read more ›
Elliott A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't had the chance to read it all yet, but loving it so far. Ordered 2 so that I could give one to my daughter for her birthday.Published 8 months ago by Rose Anne Main
I can not emphasize enough what a wonderful book this is. It is a great, entertaining and educational read!!Published on 5 May 1999
Safina weaves an incredible tale of the amazing life in our oceans and what we are doing to destroy it. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 1998
An engrossing and inspirational book cateloguing the devastation we are causing to the Oceans and the environment around us. Read morePublished on 8 May 1998
An extraordinary tale, told in a personal, easy to read style that captures the good, the bad and the ugly of what is going on in the world's oceans. Read morePublished on 8 May 1998
Carl's book was just great. Anyone reading it and not enjoying both the hands on environment and the reality of international fishery management screw ups just does not understand... Read morePublished on 6 May 1998
This book is a joy to read, the first chapter grabs your attention and each successive one holds you fast. Read morePublished on 6 May 1998
Safina's book tells the story accurately. Marine fish species, including the tunas, are in decline worldwide, and haggling over insignificant differences in the percentage of... Read morePublished on 6 May 1998
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