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Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea Hardcover – February 23, 2011
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Kennedy Warne visits mangroves from Bangladesh to Eritrea to Panama and Brazil. Though the title references shrimp farms, the book is centered on the ecology of mangroves, the cultures they support, threats to their continued existence, and ecosystem services. Culture? Yes--just like the rainforests referenced in the subtitle, mangroves support people who depend on them for shellfish, charcoal, fisheries, and even honey. Their exploitation by small groups of people may be sustainable, but mangroves are vulnerable to coastal development for tourism, timber, and shrimp farms. Warne travels the globe and finds that many governments protect mangroves on paper, but enforcement is lacking and development is often unregulated. It's not all bad news though, there are some encouraging stories of innovative sustainable development and reforestation programs, mangrove restoration and mitigation. None of the policy or science is excruciating or boring, however. It reads more like a travelogue-- I was reminded of Douglas Adams's Last Chance to See, one of my favorite books. Tigers hunt the mangroves in Bangladesh, monkeys in Tanzania use their tails to lure crabs, a humanitarian/cell biologist leads reforestation efforts in Eritrea. It's fascinating stories that are linked by mangroves.
Warne says that he is interested in mangroves because "they're maligned, they're marginalized....Mangroves are underdogs." He champions them well.Read more ›
I work daily in mangroves with tourists , and this is a great book and must read for those with some kind of interest in mangroves.
Full disclosure, I received this book through Book Bub free of charge in kindle edition on my iPhone.
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This book was both enlightening and entertaining. The author is very knowledgeable on mangroves and their role in our planet. Read morePublished 3 days ago
This was a great book about how we are losing the mangrove forests but I felt like it was a little repetitive towards the end and for someone who really does not understand the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dean Thomas
An eye opening first hand account of an ecosystem that had passed under my radar. People, food security, poverty and wealth all written beautifully with vivid detail. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reno61
Great book but very little discussion about shrimp farming. The book mostly discussed mangroves around the world.Published 5 months ago by Lauren Washington
This travelogue only begins to disclose the damage done to the natural ecosystems by what I can only imagine were well intentioned entrepreneurs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite an eye-opener! Very well-written, informative, and thorough account of how we are losing acres of mangroves all over the world and the negative impact on our environment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mimi