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Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas Paperback – June 15, 1999
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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.
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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While I imagine Dr. Safina's intention was to enlighten and inform us (and that he did with a well-researched and well-written book), I personally finished the last page, closed the book, and visualized all of us sitting on that missle with Slim Pickens plummelling along to our destruction.
Yes, indeed, read this book and weep. It is an extremely important book, and I highly recommend it.
status of our planet including the condition of our oceans. If there is one single book
that yields this much understanding under one cover I have yet to encounter it.