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

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Harvard University Press, Oct 8, 2012 - History - 366 pages
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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.
 

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A tremendously important book which deserves a very wide audience. Bolster's chronicle of the "changes in the sea" wrought by human activity in the north Atlantic through the early days of the ... Read full review

Contents

The Historic Ocean
1
1 Depleted European Seas and the Discovery of America
12
2 Plucking the LowHanging 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
Changes in the Sea
265
Figures
285
Notes
291
Glossary
335
Acknowledgments
357
Index
361
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W. Jeffrey Bolster is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire.

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