Fisheries and Living Marine Resources
K. 1996. The
Oyster: A Popular Summary of a Scientific Study. Baltimore:
The Johns Hopkins University Press. The Oyster
thoroughly covers the biology of the oyster,
a species whose
harvest has fallen to its lowest level on
record. Brooks provides
a critical scientific review of oyster management
in the Chesapeake Bay. He comments on and
laws and regulatory practices, many of which are
still in place today.
Carey, Richard Adams. 1999. Against the Tide: The
Fate of the New England Fisherman. Boston:
Houghton-Mifflin Company. This book was reviewed
in the NY Times Book Review with the comment that
it is "deep
ecological journalism at its best, an effective and compassionate
chronicle of a threatened way of life." Carey follows
the lives of four fishermen and reflects on their changed
fortunes. He weaves the details of the fishermen’s
lives with passages on local and global fishing history,
the minutiae of national and regional legislation
severely regulating the fishing industry, the vicissitudes
the weather, and a multitude of stories and anecdotes.
Earle, Sylvia. 1996. Sea Change: A Message of the
Oceans. Fawcett Books. Earle is a well-known
marine biologist and advocate for the marine environment.
In Sea Change she relays her experiences as one of
the few women in the field of marine science and
undersea research, having spent 6,000 hours underwater
over the last three decades. She describes the advances
of marine science and human impacts to the marine
environment. Sea Change will be of interest to those
in marine biology, ocean exploration, and marine
Earle’s personal perspective, rather than from
Greenlaw, Linda. 1999. The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat
Captain's Journey. New York: Hyperion. Greenlaw,
a successful female swordfish captain, provides the reader
with an inside look at the operations and challenges of
a deep sea fishing trip. The book is written in diary-like
entries that cover the span of a 30-day fishing trip. Greenlaw
begins by describing the preparation of the boat and continues
through the entire course of the adventure. She talks about
dealing with the weather, the crew, and other vessels that
all present challenges along the way.
Johannes, R.E. 1981. Words of the Lagoon: Fishing
and Marine Lore in the Palau District of Micronesia. Johannes
was a marine biologist that spent over a year in
Palau learning about the marine environment and cultural
traditions associated with fishing and the marine
local fishermen. Words of the Lagoon was a seminal
work that brought fishermen’s knowledge to
the attention of marine scientists and managers.
in marine biology, anthropology, coral reef ecology,
and/or fishing techniques.
Kurlansky, Mark. 1997. Cod: A Biography of the
Fish that Changed the World. New York: Walker
and Company. The cod helped inspire the discovery and exploration
of North America. It had a profound impact upon the economic
development of New England and eastern Canada from the
earliest times. Unfortunately, overfishing has led to significant
population decline and threatens survival of the species.
(There is also a version of this book geared towards children
in elementary school: Kurlansky, Mark. 2001. The
Cod’s Tale. Putnam Pub Group Juv.)
Matsen, Brad. 1998. Fishing Up North: Stories of
Luck and Loss in Alaskan Waters. Alaska
Northwest Books. From the decade when fishing fleets
crab into fortunes, to the annual circus of Bristol
monster salmon runs, the true stories in Fishing Up North
carry the flavor of the modern fishermen’s
life and fortunes in the waters off Alaska. This
reader with firsthand accounts of storms, good and
bad fishing, and the enjoyment of living from the
trawlers, longliners, crabbers, trollers, and gillnetters.
Safina, Carl. 1997. Song for the Blue Ocean. New
York: Henry Holt and Co., Inc. Marine scientist Carl Safina
encourages readers to take a wider interest in the oceans,
especially because human actions and associated impacts now
threaten much of the marine environment. Safina focuses on
three regions (New England, U.S. Pacific Northwest, and Palau
/ South Pacific) all dealing with the effects of declining
fisheries, as well as contemplating causes for the declines.
He takes trips to visit the environments and observe the behavior
of the dwindling stocks and the practices and views of fishers.
Safina's mission is to build awareness of the social, economical
and environmental consequences of fish resource depletion,
implying a need for immediate action for change.
Steinbeck, John, Edward Ricketts, and Richard Astro (Introduction).
1995 (Reprint edition). The Log from the Sea of
Cortez. Penguin USA. This book is the daily account
of a trip on a sardine boat that Steinbeck and Ricketts, a
biologist, took in 1940 around the Baja Peninsula and through
the Sea of Cortez. This book is considered a classic for those
interested in marine biology. Additionally, it is part travel
essay, relays stories of the scientific expedition, and provides
Walker, Spike. 2003. Working on the Edge: Surviving
in the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing
on Alaska's High Seas. McClelland and
Stewart Inc.: Canada. Few professions put man against
more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid,
unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. Walker combines
story with the stories of survivors of the industry’s
largest disasters, he re-creates the boom years of Alaskan
crab fishing, a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds
of fortune, and adventure-hunters to Alaska’s
dangerous waters and the crash that followed.
thanks to Marc Hershman, Professor at the University
of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs (http://www.sma.washington.edu/ ),
for sharing a reading list from the SMA 500 course, from
which many of these books and summaries were drawn.