To understand connections between habitat protection and our long-term survival, a world-class scientist and fisherman probes for truth in this world tour of marine resources. As with the moon's effect on the tides, the author shows that commerce exerts a tremendous downward pull on the world's oceans--but the marine world can be replenished. The choice is ours. 4 maps.
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The oceans of the world rank foremost among humankind's last great frontiers, and their climatological and ecological workings remain mysterious to all but specialists. In this lively, well-written survey, marine scientist Carl Safina encourages readers to take a wider interest in the oceans, especially because so much of that great blue expanse is now threatened by human progress. Safina notes, for example, that the North Atlantic's tuna population has fallen by more than 90 percent in just the last few decades. It has gone the way of cod and herring and pilot whales thanks to a combination of changing global temperatures, overfishing, pollution, inland watershed and delta destruction, and other causes--many of them attributable to human activities. Even now, he notes, many Pacific fishing fleets use cyanide to catch fish, a process that destroys sensitive marine ecosystems. Safina's tour of the world's waters may inspire readers to press for changes in the way that fish is brought to their tables, and to take a more careful look at the natural processes that govern this watery planet.About the Author:
Carl Safina, a Pew Fellow and founder of the Living Oceans Program of the National Audubon Society, is an adjunct professor at Yale; he writes for Scientific American and Audubon Magazine. He lives in Islip, New York.
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Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0805046712
Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110805046712
Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0805046712