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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Callum M. Roberts Narrator: Callum M. Roberts Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Humanity can make short work of the oceans' creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller's sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than 30 years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It's a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the explorers set sail.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 1/18/2014

    " The book is a major review of of the depopulation of the oceans. The scale and intensity of loss is hard to fathom. This book is a must read. I was particularly shocked by the severity of decline of large fish that use coral reef habitat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 1/1/2014

    " Pirates, explorers and interesting accounts of the abundance of the world oceans that we have systematically depleted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/26/2013

    " Thorough history of fishing in Europe and America for the past 1000 years. It will probably make you cry, and really care about what type of fish you consume, if you don't already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/4/2013

    " They need to make an abridged version of this that is more accessible to the masses. This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in ocean conservation, marine biology, fishing or fisheries management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowan | 8/2/2013

    " This really shaped my understanding of how the sea used to look before we started fishing it to oblivion. A must read if you want to form a view of marine life resources. And great tales of the sea's abundance before we started to wreck it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 6/29/2013

    " Another great book about fisheries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 3/27/2013

    " this is a slow read. A dismal topic that churns dissent. Quite wonderful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yi-hsin Lin | 10/12/2012

    " It was pretty depressing to read this book while diving in the Maldives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 6/14/2012

    " I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is a compelling story of how we have arrived at our current, overfished, state and what we can do to reverse the trend. I liked this book so much I am using it as a centerpiece of a course on historical ecology I designed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 molly | 4/26/2012

    " This book tells the extremely sad story of world fish stocks so vividly that I could only handle a couple chapters at a time. Very important for anyone who eats seafood to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Tannenbaum | 4/2/2012

    " Utterly and emotionally heartbreaking, yet, a must-read for those concerned about the oceans. However, there is hope, but conservation must make an emergency effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad | 3/11/2012

    " I'm bored; may not finish it. The thesis so far: what you think is a healthy fishery is not. It hasn't been healthy for centuries, since before organized fishing began. You think the ocean/river near you was healthy when you were a kid? You're kidding yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 6/20/2011

    " very dense, he probably has 100 more pages then needed to make his point, sort of bludgeons you...message: throughout history when people find large stocks of fish, they eventually fish beyond sustainable levels...heavy trawling is much more akin to mining than harvesting fish... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 4/26/2011

    " this is a slow read. A dismal topic that churns dissent. Quite wonderful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 6/17/2009

    " Thorough history of fishing in Europe and America for the past 1000 years. It will probably make you cry, and really care about what type of fish you consume, if you don't already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/28/2009

    " They need to make an abridged version of this that is more accessible to the masses. This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in ocean conservation, marine biology, fishing or fisheries management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 11/4/2008

    " Pirates, explorers and interesting accounts of the abundance of the world oceans that we have systematically depleted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 7/24/2008

    " very dense, he probably has 100 more pages then needed to make his point, sort of bludgeons you...message: throughout history when people find large stocks of fish, they eventually fish beyond sustainable levels...heavy trawling is much more akin to mining than harvesting fish... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 molly | 7/18/2008

    " This book tells the extremely sad story of world fish stocks so vividly that I could only handle a couple chapters at a time. Very important for anyone who eats seafood to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 5/9/2008

    " The book is a major review of of the depopulation of the oceans. The scale and intensity of loss is hard to fathom. This book is a must read. I was particularly shocked by the severity of decline of large fish that use coral reef habitat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad | 3/14/2008

    " I'm bored; may not finish it. The thesis so far: what you think is a healthy fishery is not. It hasn't been healthy for centuries, since before organized fishing began. You think the ocean/river near you was healthy when you were a kid? You're kidding yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whiskeyb | 7/27/2007

    " Jesus, well that was depressing. Especially crushing if you work in the marine conservation realm like me. Kind of a barrage of chronologically ordered bad news.

    Also not the most compelling presentation and sort of unsatisfactory on the hope for solutions/ steps forward / conclusion. "

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