World Without Fish
World Without Fish
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Mark Kurlansky, illus. by Frank Stockton
ISBN 9780761156079
Workman, 2011.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: environment fishing mark-kurlansky natural-selection ocean science social-responsibility world-without-fish

World Without Fish
by Mark Kurlansky, illus. by Frank Stockton

This beautifully designed book by the author of the popular Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World will inspire your child (and the rest of us) to take steps to save the fish—and our world. Mark Kurlansky's remedies are manageable and concrete. By all means, keep eating fish, he suggests, just be mindful of which fish are endangered and which are fished well. Then he supplies the resources to educate ourselves on these sustainable fisheries.

The book pulls you in with plenty of photos, drawings and handwritten passages to emphasize key facts. A seasoned fisherman, Kurlansky presents a fascinating history of fishing and the culture that has grown up around it. He begins with Darwin’s theories and demonstrates how a shift in the oceans, on land or in the air affects every part of the ecosystem. He points to three major factors contributing to the potential unraveling of ocean life: overfishing, pollution, and global warming. He conveys respect for everyone involved in trying to manage and preserve the fish population.

Full-color illustrations include glorious portraits of the Atlantic bluefin tuna and the humpback whale. A sequential story told in comics describes the changes in the ocean now and imagines the future if current practices do not cease. Best of all, he suggests simple steps your child (and your family) can take in your community, such as asking the manager in your grocery store and the waiter in your favorite restaurant where they buy their fish, and writing letters to elected officials. He equips your child with everything he or she needs to respect fish and our environment, and still enjoy the fruits of our oceans.

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