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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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And somewhere within all this, you discover that not only is Safina an objective scientist, an environmentalist who cares for the well being of other humans and is actually concerned for the plight of those who make their living off the seas; he is also a gifted writer.
I kid you not. This is a book about marine science. It made me bawl like a baby. It is, despite it's complex issues, so innately human. And that's what makes it essential. Safina is no tree hugging environmentalist - he appraises it with a keen eye for its beauty and its terror but is also a firece guardian - of the system which allows us to live with it.Read more ›
In the preface, Safina mentions that he will be our guide and interpreter, but ultimately we have to make our own decisions regarding what the oceans and their inhabitants really mean to us. Nonetheless, I feel quite comfortable following Safina's lead. After receiving his doctorate in ecology and starting a career as an academic, Safina decided that he needed to take a stronger stand on conservation and scientific policy regarding the world's imperiled fish. He founded and now directs the National Audubon Society's Living Oceans Program, and wrote Song for the Blue Ocean merely 10 years after graduate school. Safina has a unique and open perspective on the state of the world's fishes, once as a commercial and sport fisherman, and now as a world-renowned scientist. Personally, I feel quite comfortable allowing Safina's guide and interpretations to influence my own opinions.
Song for the Blue Ocean is split into three distinct sections: the Northeast, the Northwest, and the Far Pacific. In addition, each section focuses on an imperiled species, namely the Giant Bluefin Tuna, pacific Salmon, and coral reefs; nonetheless, Safina is able to depict the bigger picture of the world's fisheries and common problems with these three examples.Read more ›
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I partially agree with some reviewers who state the book could have been edited down, but it was the detailed storytelling and first hand accounts that I enjoyed the most. Read morePublished 12 days ago by JasonB
I found Safina's "Beyond Words " one of the best books of any genre I have read in a very Long time but "Song for a Blue Ocean " doesn't even come close either in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ned C. Smith
Everyone should read this book even if you don't care for conservation biology. It's entertaining and incredibly well-informed, and it'll make you care about fish. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylvi
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 14 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 19 months ago by D. R. Pinter