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Vanishing Species Saving the Fish, Sacrificing the Fisherman

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By: Susan R Playfair
288 pages, no illustrations
Vanishing Species
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  • Vanishing Species ISBN: 9781584654520 Paperback Mar 2005 Out of Print #155536
  • Vanishing Species ISBN: 9781584653189 Hardback Mar 2003 Out of Print #155535
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The story of the ongoing debate between the New England communities of fishermen, federal regulators, scientists and environmentalists. Based in large part on interviews with a wide range of people, it offers a series of portraits of people involved in the struggle to support sustainable fishing.

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Susan R. Playfair grew up digging clams and salling in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and has crulsed the New England waters since she was twelve. She wrote Vanishing Species in an effort to protect the coastal communities she loves.
Out of Print
By: Susan R Playfair
288 pages, no illustrations
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Based largely on interviews with those involved, directly or indirectly, in New England groundfishing, this book examines the impacts of the 1996 Sustainable Fisheries Act from the perspective of small communities. Through narrative, the author gives voice to people closely involved with the problems of exploited fisheries in a book for a wide audience. - Fisheries; "An in-depth view of the processing and distribution centers, as well as the seafood restaurants that purchase the product of the fishermen's labor. Fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists will appreciate the model for a sustainable future advocated by the author." - Northeastern Naturalist; "Exhaustively reported and powerfully written." - National Fisherman; "This book paints a good picture of the politics of the fishing industry. The story is shocking and sad... A must-read for all New Englanders who want to preserve our unique communities and way of life. It is a fisherman's story of struggle and hopefully survival." - The Fisherman's Call"
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