Callum Roberts: This is no "Requiem for the Sea"
Turn the clock back a few more years, and one finds nine-kilogram lobsters in the Gulf of Maine, the waters of the Caribbean were writhing with millions of sea turtles, and mariners sailed in seas where the air was heavy and pungent with the breath of whales. Porpoises in British waters were so numerous, Irish novelist Oliver Goldsmith observed, that they were routinely found in the Thames River upstream of London.
On it goes like this, in Callum Roberts' The Unnatural History of The Sea. But cheer up. There's a way to restore something of the productivity and majesty of the seas, and Roberts explains it well. My review is in today's Globe and Mail, here.