The Resource The unnatural history of the sea, Callum Roberts, (electronic resource)

The unnatural history of the sea, Callum Roberts, (electronic resource)

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The unnatural history of the sea
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The unnatural history of the sea
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Callum Roberts
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eng
Summary
Humanity can make short work of the oceans' creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller's sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It'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. As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans' bounty didn't disappear overnight. While today'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. 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
Summary
Examines the history of the sea and the marine life it contains over centuries of human commercial exploitation
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223770
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Midwest
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Roberts, Callum
Dewey number
909.09
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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True
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  • History
  • Fish
  • Marine Life
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adult
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The unnatural history of the sea, Callum Roberts, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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MWT11447095
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unknown
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1 online resource
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online
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9781597261616
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11447095
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The unnatural history of the sea, Callum Roberts, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11447095
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781597261616
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11447095
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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