In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish

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Viking, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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A veteran recreational fisherman embarks on an eye-opening adventure to track the few remaining big game fish.

In Pursuit of Giants is an account of the high adventure of offshore sportfishing and a clarion call to preserve the last of the world's great fish. The story follows Rigney's global pilgrimage to encounter surviving populations of giant marlin, swordfish, and bluefin tuna hundreds of miles offshore New Zealand and Nova Scotia; in the sportfishing mecca of Cabo San Lucas; off Japan, South Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef; and in the Mediterranean. Rigney goes deep into the spiritual experience of the offshore world and introduces us to swordfish harpooners, sportfish captains, marine biologists, fish- farming pioneers, and Greenpeace activists. Rigney explores the crisis in fisheries management and considers what the loss of healthy, vibrant oceans means to us-to our health, our children's future, and our ability to experience the divine in nature.

In Pursuit of Giants combines the romance of a great sport narrative with the passionate advocacy of the best environmental writing. It recalls the spiritual power of Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard and will win comparisons to Mark Kurlansky's Cod.

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Review: In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

While the prose can be overly flowery at times, Rigney presents a compelling tale of how humans have failed to protect the world's most amazing big fish. By providing a more personal perspective ... Read full review

Review: In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

It was a decent book. The summary inside the flap of the book didn't really lend itself to being a book about conservation of fish. Despite that oversight, I'd recommend it. The key to the book is ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

A New England recreational fisherman for nearly forty years, Matt Rigny is a member of the International Game Fish Association and Oceana, the largest ocean restoration group in the world. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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