The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea


By (author) Dr Callum Roberts

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Hardback | 405 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 38mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 067002354X
  • ISBN 13: 9780670023547
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 201,488

Product description

A "Silent Spring" for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" ("The New York Times")Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts--one of the world's foremost conservation biologists--leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind's relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like "Four Fish" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "The Ocean of Life" takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.

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Author information

Callum Roberts is the author of "The Unnatural History of the Sea," a "Washington Post" Book of the Year and winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Professor of marine conservation at the University of York. He has appeared in several documentaries, including "America Before Columbus" and "The End of the Line," and is a board member of Seaweb, a U.S.-based environmental group. He lives in England.

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"Roberts imparts his vast knowledge with a consummate talent for colorful narrative and devastating facts. His book will be required reading for anyone who cares about the oceans--not least because, as well as underlining the scale of the problems, he offers us the hope of real solutions." --Philip Hoare, author of "The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea"