The Boston Globe reviews The Mortal Sea, a new book by W. Jeffrey Bolster that documents the overfishing of New England fish stocks, which began long before highly efficient modern techniques such as pair trawling evolved.
Here’s an excerpt:
The sea, he writes, is “a variable environment that does not provide endlessly or produce eternally.”
Long before the arrival of various agents of 19th- and 20th-century overfishing, the gray whale was extinct from New England waters by 1675, and the sturgeon rarely found in the Merrimack River — which had been known as “Sturgeon River” — by the late 1700s.
Video: The Mortal Sea
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