“Heal the Ocean” By Rod Fujita, 2003, New Society Publishers
After so much bad news, people are thirsting for workable solutions
to the oceans crisis. Heal the Ocean provides a refreshing change by
emphasizing success stories in the struggle to save the seas.
“From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries
Policy” by Michael L. Weber, January 2002, Island Press.
This book examines the historical evolution of U.S. fisheries policy
and institutions from the late 19th century to the present day. Based
on archival research and interviews with dozens of key players in marine
policymaking, it traces the thinking, legislation, mandates, and people
that have shaped the various agencies governing fisheries in the United
“Fully-protected marine reserves: a guide” by Callum M. Roberts and Julie P. Hawkins, 2000, World Wildlife
Fund, Washington DC and University of York, U.K.
“Seafood Lover's Almanac” editor: Mercedes Lee, contributors: Suzanne Ludicello and Carl Safina,
2000, National Audubon Society.
Featuring whimsical paintings by Robert Shetterly and exquisite watercolor
illustrations by Charlotte Knox, Seafood Lover's Almanac combines beautiful
art and graphics with information about the trail of seafood. Covers
the natural and sometimes eccentric lives of fish and shellfish, nutrition
and health benefits of seafood, how specific fish are caught or farmed,
alternative choices to species in trouble, and recipes.
“Mattanza: The Ancient Sicilian Ritual of Bluefin Tuna Fishing” by Theresa Maggio, 2000, Penguin Books.
Mattanza is the riveting story of Maggio's annual return to witness
the tonnara--a timeless struggle between man and the sea. An alluring
blend of memoir, history, and travelogue, Mattanza documents an insular
and exotic world where the tonnara continues according to ancient ritual,
even as modern fishing methods edge it toward extinction.
“Fish, Markets, and Fishermen: The Economics of Overfishing” by Suzanne Iudicello, Michael Weber, and Robert Wieland, 1999, Island
This book argues that overfishing is an inevitable consequence of
the current sets of incentives facing ocean fishermen. The authors provide
a primer on fish population biology and the economics of fisheries under
various access regimes, and use that information in analyzing policies
for managing fisheries.
“Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts
& Beneath the Seas” by Carl Safina, 1997, Henry Holt and Company.
Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina tells the stories of fish and
fishing people around the world. Safina tackles the difficult problems,
but offers examples of sustainable fisheries that could be models for
a new approach to ocean resources.
“Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World” by Mark Kurlansky, 1997, Penguin Books.
Cod is a charming tour of history with all its economic forces laid
bare and a fish story embellished with great gastronomic detail. It
is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fish stocks,
where once the cod's numbers were legendary.
“Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans” by Sylvia Earle, 1995, Ballantine Books.
Sea Change is at once the gripping adventure story of Earle's three
decades of undersea exploration, an insider's introduction to the dynamic
field of marine biology, and an urgent plea for the preservation of
the world's fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems. Earle
takes us along on journeys to places of unimaginable beauty and unutterable