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The most important fish in the sea : menhaden and America

Author: H Bruce Franklin
Publisher: Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"H. Bruce Franklin has elucidated some of the most significant events and issues of our time: Vietnam, nuclear weapons, the U.S. prison system. Here he turns his talents as a historian and storyteller to a small, unappetizing fish that most have never heard of. Why? Because menhaden have shaped America's natural - and national - history, and today a single company threatens their place in both."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Bruce Franklin
ISBN: 9781597261241 1597261246 9781597265072 1597265071
OCLC Number: 74569179
Description: 265 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Now you see them, now you don't --
ch. 2. The new world of fish --
The fish they came for --
The fish they found --
The fish that's different --
ch. 3. Meeting menhaden : in our world and theirs --
Face to face --
Bait --
The school --
The world of the drifters and swimmers --
Survivors? --
ch. 4. Whales, menhaden, and industrialized fishing --
Fertilizer : from Indians to industry --
How Menhaden dwarfed the whales --
Pursing the seas --
ch. 5. The death of fish and the birth of ecology --
Science wades in --
Food fish vs. factory fish --
What took the fish away? --
Political conflict and ecological consciousness --
ch. 6. At war with Menhaden --
Uncle Sam to the rescue --
War! --
ch. 7. Ecological catastrophes --
The ruins of an industry --
Extracting the liver of the Chesapeake --
The case of the sick stripers --
The case of the murdered crabs --
The case of the missing fish : shad and river herring --
The case of the dead shellfish --
The birds --
The gulf --
ch. 8. Collision courses --
Recreation or industry --
Anglers and enviros, or, a marine Yellowstone? --
Anglers to the rescue --
The ASMFC thinks the unthinkable --
On to Cockrell's Creek --
Challenges --
ch. 9. The fish of the future? --
Does omega mean the last? --
Resurrection? --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: H. Bruce Franklin.
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Shows how menhaden have shaped America's natural - and national - history, and why a single company now threatens their crucial ecological mission. This work looks at the menhaden's decline. It also  Read more...

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"Franklin's book on the runty menhaden is a killer whale achievement." - BALTIMORE SUN "Franklin's prose is lucid and infused with an urgency that depends little on hyperbole and largely on careful Read more...

 
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