The Unnatural History of the Sea: The Past and Future of Humanity and Fishing (Gaia Thinking) Paperback – 15 Aug 2007
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"Eloquent and inspiring" - Richard Page, Greenpeace
Written by a world authority on marine conservation. Highly topical - Constant item in the news, and a large concern for much of the public. Uses involving stories of individuals as an example of broader trends, thus making history both exciting and relevant to our current political and social climate.See all Product Description
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Emphasises our responsibility to all living things through this shared and dominant ecozone, which we are polluting and damaging on a daily basis. For those with a short term view of 'It'll be OK in my lifetime', think hard it won't be in your grandchildrens'
I have some issues with the suggestion by the author that management of the ocean is currently split between Marine Reserves (0.6%) and what he calls an "Extensive Exploitation Area" (the rest). Much of this area I am sure could be regarded as Managed Zones (or perhaps "not very well managed zones"). His suggestions for the future management of the sea concur with those of the green fin brigade who think that we need to completely ban fishing from most of the ocean. Many others would suggest that what we really need to do is ensure effective management over all of the ocean in a manner that works with fishermen rather than against them.
I found this to be a really well written and informative book. If you are at all interested in the sea and marine life you should read it.
Roberts understands the need for fishers. Sea life is a substantial form of protein, particularly when land animals are expensive or unattainable. Men have fished from shore, from coast-hugging boats and from ships drawing a wide variety of gear through the water seeking dinner for demanding thousands. Anyone casting into the nearest river or lake will describe fish as "fickle", unresponsive to the most adroitly placed lure. Ocean fishers, however, trailing extended nets or other gear have the same complaint for other reasons. Where have the fish gone? Roberts points out that human fishing of the seas has undergone three revolutions - trawl nets in the 14th Century, steam power, and deep ocean fishing in the 20th Century. Each of these revolutions was a step in finding the missing fish. Each has proven a way to exhaust the ocean's bounty in a short time. The fish have disappeared.
As he tours through time and place, the author portrays the greed and unreflecting view of fishers, government and even science.Read more ›
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If you have any interest in natural history though to rod and line angling you need to read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ACB
This book is a Bible for any marine biologist, historian, diver, seafood lover, environmentalist, fisherman or anyone who is interested in marine life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a must read for anybody - it explains so many different environmental concepts!Published 9 months ago by Falk H
A book everyone should read. A well written easy to read factual account of our destruction of the seasPublished 13 months ago by andrew connelly
History, Geology and Biology combined!
A slow start, but I found it increasingly fascinating. This book ought to be on every school curriculum
Looks like a really interesting read, only just getting stuck into it. Views history of extraction from the sea in a slightly different way to most (longer time scale)Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by ken
A great read, not too scientific and very easy, yet thought provoking. It is a huge issue that is covered very well in one book.Published on 24 Oct. 2013 by **
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