World Without Fish

World Without Fish

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World Without Fish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about the need for people to step up and help prevent the depletion of our oceans and the real possibility of fish becoming extinct within fifty years. It is very visually appealing, as it has various fonts to emphasize points and a comic before each chapter. There are also graphics and side notes throughout the book. I think youth would be interested in this topic and what they can do to support sustainable fishing. I would probably recommend it for those in late elementary through high school, but even adults could find interest in this book.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is geared towards children (ages 9 and up) but it equally moving for adults. It examines what will very likely happen if we continue overfishing and polluting the environment. The writing is engaging and they even use comic strips to keep it light.Not only does this book educate and keep interest but it gives a prescription of what we can do to turn things around and it really lets kids know that the ball is in their court and that they will be the ones that make the most difference.
CATSpawprints on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Often it happens that you open a box of books and take note that there are some that you may want to read. But rarely will you come across a book that stops you in your tracks, and rises to the top of that book pile as an urgent, can¿t-wait-to-read. This is one of those rare gems. Mark Kurlansky, well known for his thoroughly researched subjects Cod (9780802713261), Salt (97808027137350), and 1968 (9780345455826), has written a ¿Silent Spring for the next generation¿ with this fascinating work of nonfiction (DDS 551). His first original work intended for children and teens, introduces readers to the workings of the ocean ecosystem. In his compelling style Kurlansky explains the adaptation of various ocean species over millions of years, fishing and overfishing, pollution and other elements which negatively affect life in the sea. How to counter the possibility of a World Without Fish is ultimately the climax of this story. Readers are provided with possible solutions, multiple pages of resources, and ¿Five things you can do to save the Oceans and the Fish.¿ Luckily this book with be available before Earth Day. It is a timely account of the world¿s main ecosystem, and will appeal to all tweens, teens, and parents concerned with their environment. This book is highly recommended for ALL libraries, especially those in states with a coastline. -- Jill Faherty, Director of CATS, Baker & Taylor.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is intended for ages 9 and above, but I really found it quite good for my age as well, which is a bit more than 9. Kurlansky¿s purpose is to educate readers on what is happening with the world¿s fish, its oceans, and the environment in general. Aided by the appealing illustrations of Frank Stockton, he does a wonderful job.Using quotes from Darwin throughout the book, Kurlansky explains what has been going on with fishing in the modern age, and how the repercussions can affect the entire planet. It¿s an important argument because so many people are under the impression that since the oceans are so vast, relatively minor insults here and there won¿t damage the whole. Kurlansky tells you how and why this argument is unfortunately incorrect.He begins by noting that "Most of the fish we commonly eat, most of the fish we know, could be gone in the next fifty years.¿ Why? Kurlansky gives a number of reasons. Some of the more compelling ones are:In spite of the literally millions of eggs laid by fish, each birth results in only between one and six surviving babies.The survival struggle of a species depends on maintaining a large population.Between 100 and 120 million tons of sea life are killed by fishing every year. Life in the ocean can¿t reproduce fast enough every year to make up for the loss.Fish farms are not, as currently run, the best answer. Most farmed fish need to be fed wild fish. In the case of salmon, it has been estimated that four pounds of wild fish are fed to grown one pound of farmed fish!The ocean is now full of garbage and pollutants. In fact, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to vary from an eighth of the size of the United States to twice its size!If the seas are warming and ice is melting from global warming, this means the melted ice, which is freshwater, will make the seas less salty. Most fish need very specific degrees of salinity to survive and to reproduce.Excessive carbon, also going into the oceans, also slows the growth rate of fish and affects egg production.Without enough sea life to eat plankton, the sea can become clogged with it, leaving huge poisonous areas where the plankton rots and also blocks oxygen from any underwater survivors.Birds that rely on fish could die out, as could higher animals that rely on birds, and so on, up the evolutionary chain.Kurlansky is not satisfied with just sending out an alarm. He also offers a number of ideas for people ¿ especially young people ¿ to become involved and help save the oceans. He also lists websites that will provide updated information on what fish are safe to eat, and which fish are culled in a ¿sustainable¿ way.Discussion: Kurlansky himself is a former commercial fisherman who has gone on to win a number of awards for his writing. I think his background adds an important element to the book, because he does not simply attack commercial fishing as many environmentally-oriented books do, but takes a more balanced approach. The illustrations and graphic variations in the font not only provide emphasis but keep the reader interested and actively involved in interpreting the text.Evaluation: A wonderful book for kids and adult alike. Highly recommended, unless you really, really like to eat swordfish or grouper¿.
GAZJI More than 1 year ago
All children as well as adults should read this excellent book. We are rapidly depleting the fish in our oceans, and we must do something about it NOW! The first step is to find out just how this is happening, and this book explains just what is going on. The format is appealing to children, but informative for adults. A must read for everyone.