The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America by H. Bruce Franklin PDF

By H. Bruce Franklin

In this excellent portrait of the oceans’ not going hero, H. Bruce Franklin indicates how menhaden have formed America’s national—and natural—history, and why reckless overfishing now threatens their position in either. considering the fact that local american citizens started utilizing menhaden as fertilizer, this awesome fish has greased the wheels of U.S. agriculture and undefined. by way of the mid-1870s, menhaden had changed whales as a imperative resource of business lubricant, with 1000's of ships and dozens of factories alongside the japanese seaboard operating feverishly to supply fish oil. because the Civil conflict, menhaden have supplied the biggest seize of any American fishery. this day, one company—Omega Protein—has a monopoly at the menhaden “reduction industry.” each year it sweeps billions of fish from the ocean, grinds them up, and turns them into animal feed, fertilizer, and oil utilized in every little thing from linoleum to health-food supplements.


The sizeable harvest wouldn’t be this type of challenge if menhaden have been in simple terms strong for making lipstick and cleaning soap. yet they're an important to the vitamin of larger fish they usually clear out the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, enjoying an important twin position in marine ecology probably unequalled anyplace in the world. As their numbers have plummeted, fish and birds depending on them were decimatedand poisonous algae have began to choke our bays and seas. In Franklin’s brilliant prose, the decline of a as soon as ubiquitous fish turns into an experience tale, an exploration of the U.S. political financial system, a groundbreaking historical past of America’s rising ecological recognition, and an inspiring imaginative and prescient of a growing to be alliance among environmentalists and leisure anglers.

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