New Non-fiction “Deserted Ocean” Sheds Light on Our Depleting Ocean Resources
“Deserted Ocean” takes a historical look at the fishing industry in the North Atlantic Ocean and how centuries of overfishing has affected both oceanic and human life today. Holy writes:
Overfishing in the modern era, since 1960, has been covered in several books. Authors can interview people who fished then, and they have a direct link to a history that reveals changes. But many of these books miss the point that the North Atlantic was overfished well before 1960. No other book provides the numbers of fish taken over history, thereby illustrating concretely the effects of the fishery. No other book on the destruction of the Atlantic Ocean also covers the loss of many of the large whales, dolphins, and porpoises. No other book on the history of fishing also raises the new issues that affect the outcome of the North Atlantic.
“Deserted Ocean” follows the history of the fishing industry over the span of 1,000 years. Over the last 150 of those years, new threats have appeared in the oceans such as global warming, pollution, over-development of coastal areas, and acidification of the water. Holy’s discussion of global warming is concise but definitive, clearly showing the anticipated impact it could have on the North Atlantic Ocean.
Professor Heike K. Lotze, Canada Research Chair in Marine Renewable Resources, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University: “There is much to learn about the ocean’s past that can help us understand where we are today and manage for a better future. In this interesting and inspiring book, Norman Holy uncovers many stories untold that bring new light into the history of the sea.”
Dr. Moira Brown, Senior Scientist, New England Aquarium: “Whale and fishing gear entanglements represent the struggle of finding a balance between the value of the fishery versus the risk of species extinction. Norman Holy attempts to find technological solutions that allow co-existence between humans and marine life.”
About the Author: Norman Holy, born in Michigan, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University in Lafeyette, Ind. He is the recipient of a Smartgear Award from the World Wildlife Fund for inventing gear to mitigate the loss of dolphins, porpoises and whales from gear used by commercial fishermen. Holy also received the Laureate Award from the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif., for inventing special fishing gear for use in developing countries. To date, Holy has over 80 publications and patents.
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