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Great Gulf : Fishermen, Scientists, and the Struggle To Revive the World's Greatest Fishery (00 Edition)

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For hundreds of years, the New England cod fishery was one of the most productive in the world, with higher average annual landings than any comparable ocean area. But in the late 1980s, fish catches dropped precipitously, as the cod, flounder, and other species that had long dominated the region seemed to lose their ability to recover from the massive annual harvests. Even today, with fishing sharply restricted, populations have not recovered.

Largely overlooked in this disaster is the intriguing human and scientific puzzle that lies at its heart: an anguished, seemingly inexplicable conflict between government scientists and fishermen over how fish populations are assessed, which has led to bitter disputes and has crippled efforts to agree on catch restrictions. In The Great Gulf, author David Dobbs offers a fascinating and compelling look at both sides of the conflict.

With great immediacy, he describes the history of the fisheries science in this most studied of oceans, and takes the reader on a series of forays over the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank on both fishing boats and research vessels. He introduces us to the challenges facing John Galbraith, Linda Despres, and Jay Burnett, passionate and dedicated scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service who spend countless hours working to determine how many fish there really are, and to the dilemma of Dave Goethel, a whipsmart, conscientious fisherman with 20 years's experience who struggles to understand the complex world he works in while maintaining his livelihood in an age of increasing regulation.

Dobbs paints the New England fishery problem in its full human and natural complexity, vividly portraying the vitality of an uncontrollable, ultimately unknowable sea and its strange, frightening, and beautiful creatures on the one hand, and on the other, the smart, irrepressible, unpredictable people who work there with great joy and humor, refusing to surrender to the many reasons for despair or cynicism. For anyone who read Cod or The Perfect Storm, this book offers the next chapter of the story — how today's fishers and fisheries scientists are grappling with the collapse of this fishery and trying to chart, amid uncertain waters, a course towards its restoration.

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New England's cod fishery ranked among the world's richest until the late 1980s, when catches plummeted because of overfishing. Dobbs, who spent two years volunteering on fishing boats and research vessels, examines the debate between scientists and fishermen over how many fish are left, how many can be caught, and how to protect this ecosystem. He personalizes the controversy with the stories of scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the experiences of a fisherman struggling to maintain his livelihood. Dobbs is a frequent contributor to Audubon.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The author studies the histories of fisheries off the Gulf of Maine, and how the populations of cod, flounder, and other species that had dominated the region seemed to lose the ability to recover following annual harvests. Maps.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-197) and index.

About the Author

David Dobbs is a writer who lives in Montpelier, Vermont. A frequent contributor to Audubon, he is co-author of The Northern Forest (Chelsea Green, 1995), which won the Sigurd F. Olson Award for Excellence in Nature Writing and numerous other awards.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue 

PART I

PART II 

PART III 

PART IV 

PART V 

Epilogue 

Notes 

Bibliography 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559636636
Author:
Dobbs, David
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Subject:
Fisheries
Subject:
Fishery management
Subject:
Fishery management -- Maine, Gulf of.
Subject:
Fisheries -- Maine, Gulf of.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. OPSW-ODFW-200-3
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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