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Humanity can make short work of the oceans creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Stellers sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. Its a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the

explorers set sail.

 
As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans bounty didnt disappear overnight. While todays fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.

 
Drawing on firsthand accounts of early explorers, pirates, merchants, fishers, and travelers, the book recreates the oceans of the past: waters teeming with whales, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and giant fish. The abundance of marine life described by fifteenth century seafarers is almost unimaginable today, but Roberts both brings it alive and artfully traces its depletion. Collapsing fisheries, he shows, are simply the latest chapter in a long history of unfettered commercialization of the seas.
 
The story does not end with an empty ocean. Instead, Roberts describes how we might restore the splendor and prosperity of the seas through smarter management of our resources and some simple restraint. From the coasts of Florida to New Zealand, marine reserves have fostered spectacular recovery of plants and animals to levels not seen in a century. They prove that history need not repeat itself: we can leave the oceans richer than we found them.

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A fascinating journey through 1,000 years of human exploitation and exploration of the sea.

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As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans bounty didnt disappear overnight. While todays fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.

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Callum M. Roberts is professor of marine conservation at the University of York in England. He is a prolific author and researcher, and has advised the U.S., British, and Caribbean governments on the creation of marine reserves.

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kjoyner, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by kjoyner)
Intense, comprehensive well-researched time line of the planet's seafood supply. Scary but in-depth research keeps you reading. This is the info we need to in order to affect a change.
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ISBN:
9781597265775
Author:
Roberts, Callum
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
POL044000
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 illustrations and photos.
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans bounty didnt disappear overnight. While todays fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.
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