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The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    The Death and Life of Monterey Bay

    With an interesting title - Death and Life - Palumbi and Sotka open the door to the history of Monterey Bay. What was almost totally descimated is now a resplendent coastline full of wildlife and areas of enjoyment for all. But it hasn't always been this way and it was a long, hard struggle to reclaim the area. Commerce, canneries, and consequences threatened to completely destroy this area, killing off the animals, and driving people away. But, a mayor with a vision and the help of many around her, reclaimed the area for all to enjoy.

    I enjoyed reading the history of Monterey Bay, something I hadn't spent much time really thinking about. It was interesting to read about the unintended consequences of the canneries and the fight to reclaim the area. If you love coastlines and the plethora of creatures that inhabit them, you will enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book on my Nook. The opinions here are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Terrific Book with Great Information

    I really enjoyed this book. I got it because I've started volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium but I enjoyed it on so many levels. It is well written by a scientists who are able to convey their information to the layman. It has wonderful insight into the people and the events that led to the destruction of Monterey Bay by over fishing, hunting and the canneries. It also lets you get to know the people who cared enough to make a difference to get the Bay back to a healthier environment for all fish and mammals. A cautionary tale about the Bay and the cycle of life that is true all over our planet.

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