The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail

The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail

by W. Jeffrey Bolster
     
 

Since the time of the Vikings, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend on it for survival, and people have shaped the Atlantic. In his account of this interdependency, Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world.See more details below

Overview

Since the time of the Vikings, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend on it for survival, and people have shaped the Atlantic. In his account of this interdependency, Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674047655
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/08/2012
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
485,280
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: The Historic Ocean 1

1 Depleted European Seas and the Discovery of America 12

2 Plucking the Low-Hanging Fruit 49

3 The Sea Serpent and the Mackerel Jig 88

4 Making the Case for Caution 121

5 Waves in a Troubled Sea 169

6 An Avalanche of Cheap Fish 223

Epilogue: Changes in the Sea 265

Appendix: Figures 285

Notes 291

Glossary 335

Acknowledgments 357

Index 361

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