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Carl Safina, author of The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur, Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival, Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas, and founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, was named by the Audubon Society one of the leading conservationists of the twentieth century. He's been profiled by The New York Times, and PBS's Bill Moyers. His books and articles have won him a Pew Fellowship, Guggenheim Award, Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. He lives in Amagansett, New York.

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In this passionate plea for fisheries conservation, Safina recounts his visits to the Northeast, the Northwest, and the Far Pacific‘where he spoke with fishermen, business people, conservation officials, and scientists to obtain firsthand information on the depletion of local fisheries. The director of the Living Oceans Program for marine conservation at the National Audubon Society, he discusses the drop in populations of bluefin tuna, swordfish, haddock, Pacific salmon, and grouper in the various areas he visited. Numerous human-interest stories emphasize the interaction of the fishing community, ecological habitat, and local economy. Michael Berrill's The Plundered Seas (LJ 9/1/97) is a better organized work on the same subject, but Safina's book will appeal to readers who enjoy a more anecdotal style. For public and high school libraries. (Index not seen.)‘Judith Barnett, Univ. of Rhode Island Lib. Kingston

"Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book." --Richard Ellis, Los Angeles Times"[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates." --Harry E. Demarest, San Francisco Chronicle"Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book." --Thurston Clarke, The New York Times Book Review"You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again." --Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association"If you love the ocean, read this book." --Big Game Fishing Journal Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book. "Richard Ellis, Los Angeles Times" [Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates. "Harry E. Demarest, San Francisco Chronicle" Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book. "Thurston Clarke, The New York Times Book Review" You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again. "Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association" If you love the ocean, read this book. "Big Game Fishing Journal"" "Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book." --Richard Ellis, "Los Angeles Times" "[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates." --Harry E. Demarest, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book." --Thurston Clarke, "The New York Times Book Review" "You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again." --Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association "If you love the ocean, read this book."" --Big Game Fishing Journal"

"Close your eyes. Think fish. Do you envision half a ton of laminated muscle rocketing through the sea as fast as you drive your automobile?" From tales of watching giant bluefin tuna off the Gulf of Maine to diving into "a china shop of corals" off Palau, nearly every sentence in Safina's state-of-the-oceans report is informed by his deep sense of these waters' beauty‘and fragility. But research ecologist Safina, who founded the Living Oceans Program of the National Audubon Society, is no knee-jerk gainsayer of the people and practices responsible for the environmental devastation he tracks here. His "encounters" include some with fishermen and workers for corporations, whose needs he makes an effort to understand‘though the corporations themselves don't fare so well in his assessment, and seemingly with good cause. Exploring the links between clear-cutting in places like Oregon and the Philippines and declining ocean wildlife populations, Safina makes the familiar case for the interrelatedness of various ecosystems seem fresh, writing as a sympathetic correspondent from the front lines. He knows much about a wide variety of species and their habits (including those of politicians and policy-makers), and what he doesn't know, we discover along with him. Published to coincide with the U.N.-declared International Year of the Ocean, Safina's first book (he has written for Scientific American and Audubon) is a welcome paean to "the reality of the living oceans." Four maps. Rights (except British and electronic): Jean V. Naggar. (Jan.)

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