He's also hilarious, even in the face of bleak ruin. I've worked in marine conservation since 1978, but I learned a great deal from his book about the economics that are driving giant bluefin tunas to the abyss of extinction, the exquisite interplay between ancient trees and the salmon they nurture, and the dark truths that lie beneath bright coral seas. He lives in Amagansett, New York. This book is clearly well written and Safina gets to the root of the problems that the world's fisheries are experiencing. I read this book because a professor of mine mentioned he was reading it.
It is water transfers, ocean temperatures, toxic pollutants, timbering, all these things. Also, with the loss of coral reefs, Safina works alongside conservation biologists on the island of Palau. Therefore, I feel safe to say that the information in this book can be relied upon without fail. He often introduces facts within feedback loops; such is the case when Safina relates the human creation of dams with the demise of the salmon population Safina, p. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. You will have a thirst for each topic and region of which he writes.
Each stop shows the urgency for conservation of the world's fisheries, coral reefs, and other oceanic life. Safina's solutions are refreshing in a time when we doubt the government's ability to protect our resources objectively. Safina is one of the world's leading voices for protection of the oceans and the creatures within them. It doesn't matter what kind of book it is- it may be all in one. Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. What values do we really need? My early investigations into life in the tidal zone, when I was seven or eight years old seventy years ago , taught me about abundance and variation and a million ways of being alive.
It should be a clarion call for people who think that creatures of the depths or the shallows are safe from the voracious predations of fishermen. The Gulf of Maine -- Ogunquit -- Cape Cod Bay -- Shores of three continents -- South of Block -- Book two : Northwest. Not only does the reader get an inside look at fishing culture and the conservationist culture, but we also learn about the bigger picture of fisheries, i. It was interesting and disheartening to be reading the section in Safina's book about the Northwest's salmon annihilation while seeing daily reports in the Oregonian which said basically the same thing, only worse. He describes in detail how intricate ecosystems are, and all the complicated relationships between fish , man and the environment. The book is a page turner.
Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center. To buy this book at the lowest price,. I had to put it down and read hopeful things in between chapters, but I also was compelled to return. Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. Each section of the book is distinct, but there are common issues that the author saw evidence of in the various areas. One critique that I have of this book is that the author is very wordy, there were portions of the book where I felt that he could have been much more succinct.
Book 3, the most troubling, is about the decimation of coral reefs throughout the South Pacific. These aspects of the book make the facts interesting and dynamic to read. We accompany people whose lives and occupations in and by the oceans unfold in a drama of clashing personal histories and daily struggles for existence. The book is a page turner. A New York Times Notable Book A Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Selection A Library Journal Best Science Book Selection Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. For instance, Safina talks of the beautiful large and diverse trees in the Pacific Northwest, then introduces the concept of a snag- a tree that has died, but continues to stand upright for many years.
Mother Nature just needs a little time and resources to start with in order to weave her magic. 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. This seems to happen frequently with those of a more liberal political persuasion. Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery, probing for truth about the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, science, and political analysis. But we also read dramatic and hopeful stories of the seas's revival and replenishment.
I can't recommend it enough if you have a genuine interest in the environment and conservation. 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 visits all these places, giving little lectures on fish ecology along the way readers might otherwise never have known that in water of 57 degrees Fahrenheit, a swordfish maintains a cranial temperature of 84 degrees. It was published in 1999. This helps him to articulate the social, economic and environmental complexities of managing fisheries. This book really is all-in-one.
In particular, I found the information on logging in the Northwest to be fascinating, engaging and horrifying. He also writes way too much detail on his travel experience, including things like what he was wearing, the technicalities of getting around, the way he felt when talking to people, what he was eating, etc. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I wish everyone in that region would read Safina's exhaustive overview of the destruction of the salmon fisheries. The mighty oceans of the world are rapidly being emptied. He lives in Amagansett, New York.