The oceans of the world rank foremost among humankind's last great frontiers, and their climatological and ecological workings remain mysterious to all but specialists. In this lively, well-written survey, marine scientist Carl Safina encourages readers to take a wider interest in the oceans, especially because so much of that great blue expanse is now threatened by human progress. Safina notes, for example, that the North Atlantic's tuna population has fallen by more than 90 percent in just the last few decades. It has gone the way of cod and herring and pilot whales thanks to a combination of changing global temperatures, overfishing, pollution, inland watershed and delta destruction, and other causes--many of them attributable to human activities. Even now, he notes, many Pacific fishing fleets use cyanide to catch fish, a process that destroys sensitive marine ecosystems. Safina's tour of the world's waters may inspire readers to press for changes in the way that fish is brought to their tables, and to take a more careful look at the natural processes that govern this watery planet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Other than fishers and oceanographers, few people have taken note of the worldwide decline of fish populations. Sounding an alarm, Safina argues that we must extend a sense of biological community to ocean animals.
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Carl Safina's 1997 survey of the world's oceans and the increasing challenges of overfishing, pollution, and lack of maritime governance holds up pretty well as a capture of a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HMS Warspite
Great book, it cronicalizes the human impact on the ocean from which one can predict it's future. We know what needs to be done but it's always the others that need to change,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. R. Pinter
this is a classic of classics; . a foundation for becoming aware of the
status of our planet including the condition of our oceans. Read more
Pages 269-300 inserted between pages 332 and 365 of my copy.
Lovely prose. Much to think about when making choices.
My daughter asked for this item on her wish list. She is a marine biologist and explores the ocean on her scientific cruises.Published 20 months ago by Joan R. Orcutt
Song for a Blue Ocean is written in beautiful prose. It contains many fun anecdotes, along with alarming facts and observations about the oceans of the 90s. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Scott T. Barnes