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Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author’s exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea’s abyssal depths. Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery, probing for truth about the world’s changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, science, and political analysis.

©1997 Carl Safina (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A book everyone should read

fascinating, insightful and very well told.
A look at the world's fishes and how they are seen, ùsed and abused at home and abroad. A snapshot of the fishing industry and of what we are allowing to happen in blissful ignorance.

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Fascinating but heart breaking

This is a long book but filled with many case studies, observations and vivid descriptions of Carl's experiences. It is not just about fish. This is a book that goes into great depth about the complex and overlapping issues of various fishing interests, conservation efforts and what it would mean to fish in an environmentally sustainable way. I am sure it could be used as a blueprint for any commercial vs conservation case. As a few of his case studies illustrate, oddly, they are not always on opposing sides.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get their heads around the logistics of conservation. So much in here that is fuel for fascinating discussions. Just one example: a group of conservationists are fighting against pollution being discharged into the ocean as it is degrading the marine wildlife and habitat. On their side are biologists who are taking seaweed samples. They are helping to stop the pollution. Yay! But the biologists are analyzing seaweed samples in the hope of finding valuable medicinal properties. If they find them, I suppose they will then harvest that seaweed, possibly in a sustainable way, possibly not. So boo, now they are not on the side of conservation. And so on it goes. So complex and interesting. Carl documents many insightful interviews with people from all different camps. He is an amazing interviewer and has a knack for teasing out the issues in a way that makes everyone sound human.
Highly recommended but some of the information is very confronting such as the little fish that are, in their language, begging for mercy when they are caught.