Heal the Ocean
241 Pages
English

Heal the Ocean

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241 Pages
English

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Workable solutions, and stories of success, for saving the ocean environment.

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Published 01 March 2009
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EAN13 9781550923117
Language English

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Heal the Ocean
InHeal the Ocean, ecologist Rod Fujita shares invaluable knowledge — that of the scientist who serves society by sitting through endless, sometimes contentious, meetings to resolve complicated choices between the interests of the natural system and human needs. That he shares his wellinformed, personal experience in such a readable book is a gift to us all.
— JeanMichel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society
Dr. Rod Fujita, one of the nation’s foremost leaders in marine conservation, has shown an exceptional ability to anticipate and help avert emerging threats to the ocean environment.Heal the Ocean, with its eloquent outlook on the problems at hand and the remedies that can make a difference, is a timely reminder that we need to act now.
— Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense
Every effort being made to reverse the tide of ocean abuse is an act of honor for mankind. Books like this are an TM important part of this process. At Heal the Ocean we hope that many readers will join the writer of this book, and us, to take up the good fight to have the Ocean respected as it should be respected.
— Hillary Hauser, Executive Director, Heal the Ocean
A challenging but hopeful book: serious problems, plausible approaches to solving them.
— Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D, Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University
Heal the Oceanis a profound summary of the reasons we need a new ocean conservation ethic to protect this great resource for future generations.
— Leon E. Panetta, Chairman, Pew Oceans Commission
Rod Fujita has worked in and around oceans issues for a long time and he brings a bigpicture, levelheaded voice. Heal the Oceanwields the most important weapon we have for overcoming the world's problems: hope.
— Carl Safina, author ofEye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival.
A provocative and eloquent plea for the use of “ecolacy” in addition to literacy and numeracy in forming our policies aimed at healing the oceans. Fujita’s case studies focus on what has been done and, by extrapolation, what can be done by citizens and community organizations to build constituencies for activism in order to restore one of the planet’s greatest assets.
— Dennis J. Aigner, Dean, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
ROD FUJITA Forword by Peter Benchley
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Cataloguing in Publication Data: A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.
Copyright © 2003 by Rod Fujita. All rights reserved.
Cover design John Nedwidek. Cover photo: Photodisc.
Printed in Canada. Second printing April 2005.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
PREFACE BYHILLARYHAUSER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix
FOREWORD BYPETERBENCHLEY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
CHAPTER1. TURNING THETIDE: ANINTRODUCTION. . . . . . 1
CHAPTER2. THECOASTALZONE: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THESEA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
CHAPTER3. NEARSHOREWATERS: NURSERY, PLAYGROUNDANDDUMPINGGROUND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
CHAPTER4. CORALREEFS:THEOCEANS SENSITIVECHILD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
CHAPTER5. THECONTINENTALSHELF: THEOCEANSENGINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
CHAPTER6. THESHAPE OF THESEA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
CHAPTER7. THEDEEPSEA: INOVEROURHEADS? . . . . . . 157
CHAPTER8. CREATING ANEWOCEANETHIC. . . . . . . . . . 183
ENDNOTES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
CONTACTS ANDRESOURCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
INDEX
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ABOUT THEAUTHOR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
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DEDICATION
To Joyce, with love and gratitude
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
am grateful to my wife, Joyce Selkow, for her love and moral I support. She read drafts and added her creativity and intelli gence to the book. My daughter Eliana’s enthusiasm for all sea creatures inspires me and gives me hope. I thank my parents, Kenji and Maruka Fujita, for encouraging me to pursue my pas sions. I salute the Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation Program for their support of my efforts to research and write this book, and for creating a true fellowship for people dedicated to saving the ocean. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has consistent ly supported my work for years, making possible many of the suc cess stories I recount here. I am grateful to my excellent col leagues at Environmental Defense, especially Richard Charter, Johanna Thomas, Christina Avildsen, and Jenny Chu, all of whom shouldered extra work to make it possible for me to focus on research and writing. It is a pleasure and honor to work closely with brilliant and effective advocates for the ocean at many other organizations, as well. They are the steady upwelling of the ocean conservation movement, fertilizing and supporting it with their ideas and energy. I thank Paul Dayton and his colleagues at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the staff of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole for hosting me during two
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wonderful summers of reading, thinking, and writing. Numerous other individuals and foundations have contributed to my work as well, but more importantly, they have contributed to the ocean conservation movement, and I am deeply grateful to them all. This movement, composed of countless citizens who have been energized and moved to action, is the real hope for the ocean.
PREFACE
remember the morning so well. I had gone to the beach for my daily swim in the ocean off my favorite Santa Barbara byIoil as well as other gunk. The sight made me stop in my tracks. beach, and as I waded out through the surf I was surrounded I was determined to swim anyway, so I parted the gunk with my hands and went under, a quick dip, and then I got out in a hurry. On this day, over fifteen years ago, I thought, what if this becomes the everyday state of the ocean? How would I feel if I could not go regularly into the sea, because of the persistent, obnoxious pollutants we insist on pouring into it? Into the sea that has so faithfully fed the souls of so many people, provided reefs to explore and waves to ride? Ten years later, when the beaches started to close from unsafe levels of bacteria, I became angry. Having been a reporter for the Santa BarbaraNewsPressfor a number of years in the 1980s, I had covered many subjects about the ocean, and had investigated sewage disposal at sea. Now, with the beaches closed, I started calling everyone — local, regional, and state pollution and health officials scientists, doctors, and surfers. I spoke to people who had experienced health problems as a result of being in the ocean. What I found out I resulted in a 23page manuscript that the NewsPressran in its entirety as a Sunday editorial.
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