Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1999 - Nature - 458 pages
To understand the connections between the sea and our own survival, Carl Safina, a world-respected scientist and fisherman, probes for truth in this tour of the oceans and their peoples. Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery beneath the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, political analysis, and science into a story about the human condition. 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.
 

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This incredible book is a searing look at humanity's attitude towards the formerly inexhaustible sea, and I will never be the same after reading it. Parts made me cry hard enough I got a headache ... Read full review

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Safina's writing is adept at presenting the various stakeholder views associated with the management of fisheries in North America and the Pacific. He is able to understand the various perspectives as ... Read full review

Contents

Northeast
3
The Gulf of Maine
9
Ogunquit
25
Cape Cod Bay
48
Shores of Three Continents
78
South of Block
109
Northwest
117
Yaquina Head
124
The Dalles and Umatilla
242
Golden State
263
Far Pacific
303
Malakal
310
Koror
327
Ollei
350
Hong Kong
384
Sulu
408

Yachats
137
Valley of Giants Mountains of Gods
164
On the Ground
182
Astoria
195
Columbia Gorge
213

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Carl Safina, author of The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur, Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival, Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas, and founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, was named by the Audubon Society one of the leading conservationists of the twentieth century. He's been profiled by The New York Times, and PBS's Bill Moyers. His books and articles have won him a Pew Fellowship, Guggenheim Award, Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. He lives in Amagansett, New York.

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