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Humanity can make short work of the oceansand#8217; creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Stellerand#8217;s sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. Itand#8217;s 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.

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As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceansand#8217; bounty didnand#8217;t disappear overnight. While todayand#8217;s 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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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.
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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 oceansand#8217; bounty didnand#8217;t disappear overnight. While todayand#8217;s 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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

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PART I. Explorers and Exploiters in the Age of Plenty

Chapter 1. The End of Innocence

Chapter 2. The Origins of Intensive Fishing

Chapter 3. Newfound Lands

Chapter 4. More Fish than Water

Chapter 5. Plunder of the Caribbean

Chapter 6. The Age of Merchant Adventurers

Chapter 7. Whaling: The First Global Industry

Chapter 8. To the Ends of the Earth for Seals

Chapter 9. The Great Fisheries of Europe

Chapter 10. The First Trawling Revolution

Chapter 11. The Dawn of Industrial Fishing

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PART II. The Modern Era of Industrial Fishingand#160;

Chapter 12. The Inexhaustible Sea

Chapter 13. The Legacy of Whaling

Chapter 14. Emptying European Seas

Chapter 15. The Downfall of King Cod

Chapter 16. Slow Death of an Estuary: Chesapeake Bay

Chapter 17. The Collapse of Coral

Chapter 18. Shifting Baselines

Chapter 19. Ghost Habitats

Chapter 20. Hunting on the High Plains of the Open Sea

Chapter 21. Violating the Last Great Wilderness

Chapter 22. No Place Left to Hide

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PART III. The Once and Future Ocean

Chapter 23. Barbequed Jellyfish or Swordfish Steak?

Chapter 24. Reinventing Fishery Management

Chapter 25. The Return of Abundance

Chapter 26. The Future of Fish

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Notes

Index

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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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Product Details

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
Copyright:
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 oceansand#8217; bounty didnand#8217;t disappear overnight. While todayand#8217;s 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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