UNH Historian Chronicles the Millennium-long Story of Our Impact on the Atlantic Ocean

UNH Historian Chronicles the Millennium-long Story of Our Impact on the Atlantic Ocean

Nov 14, 2012

The Atlantic has long-shaped the lives of people who depended upon it for survival. And just as surely, people have shaped the Atlantic. “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail” is an innovative account of this interdependency written by W. Jeffrey Bolster, an associate professor of history at UNH and professional seafarer.

Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster. Over generations, harvesters created a quiet catastrophe as the sea could no longer renew itself.

Bolster writes in the hope that the intimate relationship humans have long had with the ocean, and the species that live within it, can be restored for future generations.

Full article             Video: Dr. Bolster discusses his new book, “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail.”

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