The Albatross and the Fish: Linked Lives in the Open Seas

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Breeding on remote ocean islands and spending much of its life foraging for food across vast stretches of seemingly empty seas, the albatross remains a legend for most people. And yet, humans are threatening the albatross family to such an extent that it is currently the most threatened bird group in the world. In this extensively researched, highly readable book, Robin W. Doughty and Virginia Carmichael tell the story of a potentially catastrophic extinction that has been interrupted by an unlikely alliance of ...

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Overview

Breeding on remote ocean islands and spending much of its life foraging for food across vast stretches of seemingly empty seas, the albatross remains a legend for most people. And yet, humans are threatening the albatross family to such an extent that it is currently the most threatened bird group in the world. In this extensively researched, highly readable book, Robin W. Doughty and Virginia Carmichael tell the story of a potentially catastrophic extinction that has been interrupted by an unlikely alliance of governments, conservation groups, and fishermen.

Doughty and Carmichael authoritatively establish that the albatross's fate is linked to the fate of two of the highest-value table fish, Bluefin Tuna and Patagonian Toothfish, which are threatened by unregulated commercial harvesting. The authors tell us that commercial fishing techniques are annually killing tens of thousands of albatrosses. And the authors explain how the breeding biology of albatrosses makes them unable to replenish their numbers at the rate they are being depleted. Doughty and Carmichael set the albatross's fate in the larger context of threats facing the ocean commons, ranging from industrial overfishing to our habit of dumping chemicals, solid waste, and plastic trash into the open seas. They also highlight the efforts of dedicated individuals, environmental groups, fishery management bodies, and governments who are working for seabird and fish conservation and demonstrate that these efforts can lead to sustainable solutions for the iconic seabirds and the entire ocean ecosystem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292726826
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin W. Doughty is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin.

Virginia Carmichael’s previous book was Framing History: The Rosenberg Story and the Cold War. She taught postcolonial studies as an associate professor at the University of Montana and served as a senior managing auditor at the Texas State Auditor’s Office, where she specialized in public and higher education.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by H.R.H. Prince of Wales
Acknowledgments
Introduction by John Croxall
Milestones: Albatross Encounters and Concerns

Chapter One. Storytelling
Part I: The Albatross
Chapter Two. Plunder
Chapter Three. Science
Chapter Four. Connections
Chapter Five. Home
Chapter Six. Family
Part II: Crossings
Chapter Seven. Migration
Chapter Eight. Globalization
Chapter Nine. Commons
Part III: Birds and Fish
Chapter Ten. Fish
Chapter Eleven. Management
Chapter Twelve. Crisis
Chapter Thirteen. Bycatch
Part IV: Sea Change
Chapter Fourteen. Links
Chapter Fifteen. Engineering
Chapter Sixteen. Turning Point
Part V: Agents of Change
Chapter Seventeen. Fishers
Chapter Eighteen. Governments
Chapter Nineteen. Nongovernmentals
Chapter Twenty. Trade
Chapter Twenty-one. Celebrities
Chapter Twenty-two. Capstone
Conclusion. Hope

Appendix: CCAMLR and Seabird Mortality
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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