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Anyone who has ever stood on the shores of Monterey Bay, watching the rolling ocean waves and frolicking otters, knows it is a unique place. But even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history. Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbecks Cannery Row,and is now one of the most celebrated shorelines in the world.

 

It is a remarkable story of life, death, and revival—told here for the first time in all its stunning color and bleak grays. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay begins in the eighteenth century when Spanish and French explorers encountered a rocky shoreline brimming with life—raucous sea birds, abundant sea otters, barking sea lions, halibut the size of wagon wheels,waters thick with whales. A century and a half later, many of the sea creatures had disappeared, replaced by sardine canneries that sickened residents with their stench but kept the money flowing. When the fish ran out and the climate turned,the factories emptied and the community crumbled. But today,both Montereys economy and wildlife are resplendent. How did it happen?

 

The answer is deceptively simple: through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it. Monterey is thriving because of an eccentric mayor who wasnt afraid to use pistols, axes, or the force of law to protect her coasts. It is because of fishermen who love their livelihood, scientists who are fascinated by the seas mysteries, and philanthropists and community leaders willing to invest in a world-class aquarium. The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion—passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book

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The Death and Life of Monterey Bay is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it. Monterey is thriving because of an eccentric mayor who wasnt afraid to use pistols, axes, or the force of law to protect her coasts. It is because of fishermen who love their livelihood, scientists who are fascinated by the seas mysteries, and philanthropists and community leaders willing to invest in a world-class aquarium. The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion—passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book.

About the Author

Stephen R. Palumbi is the Director of the Hopkins Marine Station and the Jane and Marshall Steele Jr. Professor of Marine Science at Stanford University.  Carolyn Sotka manages science and policy outreach activities for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Oceans and Human Health Initiative.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

 

Chapter 1. Julia's Window

 

PART I. The Ruin

Chapter 2. The First California Gold Rush: Otters

Chapter 3. Whale Bones in Treasure Bay

Chapter 4. Abalone Shells and China Point

 

PART II. The Bottom

Chapter 5. Dr. Mayor Julia Platt

Chapter 6. The Power of One: Julia Fights the Canneries

Chapter 7. Ed Ricketts, Ecology, and the Philosophy of Tide Pools

Chapter 8. Dust Bowl of the Sea: The Canneries Collapse

 

PART III. The Recovery

Chapter 9. The Otter Returns

Chapter 10. Kelp, Seals, and Seabirds Rise Again

Chapter 11. The Aquarium

Chapter 12. The Century to Come

 

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610911900
Author:
Palumbi, Stephen R.
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Sotka, Carolyn
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 color photo inserts, photos
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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