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Plundered Seas, The

Can the World's Fish be Saved?

by (author) Michael Berrill

introduction by David Suzuki

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 1997
Oceans & Seas
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    May 1997
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Many environmentalists believe that the world's overexploited and ailing oceans will soon replace tropical rainforests as the most pressing global ecology issue. Commercial fishing techniques -- especially large-scale driftnets and bottom trawling -- inadvertently and unnecessarily kill huge numbers of ocean animals and destroy the ocean floor. Yet while these and other perilous conditions have seriously reduced harvest levels of fish worldwide, more people than ever before, 1 billion, rely on fish as their main source of animal protein, making it the fifth largest agricultural commodity in the world.


Biologist Michael Berril explores this simmering crisis with thoroughness and authority. The Plundered Seas opens with a lucid overview of world fisheries and their historical pattern of discovery, exploitation, depletion and death. Berril goes on to survey the evolution of international laws governing exclusive fishing zones, the efforts at governmental regulation of the fiercely independent industry, the problems with predicting stock size, and the connected implications for management. Offering both cogent analysis and specific suggestions for reform, The Plundered Seas is a timely and important work about a serious yet little understood situation.

About the authors

Michael Berrill is a professor in the Department of Biology at Trent University. Co-author of A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the North Atlantic Coast, he has contributed many articles on marine life to numerous publications. He lives in Peterborough, ON.

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Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, BC.

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