Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea

Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea

by Laura Trethewey


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An exploration of the earth's last wild frontier, filled with high-stakes stories that explores a vast territory undergoing tremendous change and the people and places facing an uncertain future.

On a life raft in the Mediterranean, a teenager from Ghana wonders whether he will reach Europe alive, and if he does, whether he will be allowed to stay. In the North Atlantic, a young chef disappears from a cruise ship, leaving a mystery for his friends and family to solve.A water-squatting community battles eviction from a harbor in a Pacific Northwest town, raising the question of who owns the water.

Imperiled Ocean byoceanjournalist Laura Trethewey is a deeply reported work of narrative journalism thatfollows people as they head out to sea. What they discover holds inspiring and dire implications for the life of theocean— and for all of us back on land.

AsImperiledOceanunfolds, battles are fought, fortunes made, lives lost, and theoceanapproaches an uncertain future.Behind this human drama, theoceanis growing ever more unstable, threatening to upend life on land. As we explore with Tretheway, we meet biologist Erin Stoddard tracking sturgeon in the Pacific Northwest. Unable to stop the development and pollution destroying the fish’s habitat, Stoddard races to learn about the fish before it disappears. This prehistoric fish has survived more than 300 million years on earth and could hold important truths about how humanity might make itself amenable to a changingocean. As a fisher and scientist, Erin’s ability to listen to the water becomes a parable for what faces the ocean today.By eavesdropping on animperiledworld, he shows a way we can move forward to save the oceans we all share—through listening and discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131986
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Laura Trethewey is an ocean journalist and the senior writer and editor at, a multi-media story-telling site run by the Vancouver Aquarium. She has been published in Smithsonian
Magazine, Courier International, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail,
Hakai Magazine, and Canadian Geographic. She lives in Vancouver and this is her first book.

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