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The secret life of lobsters : how fishermen and scientists are unraveling the my
Corson, Trevor.
Adult Nonfiction QL444.M33 C675 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the 1980s, the lobster population in the waters off the coast of Maine was declining, threatening disaster for the state's lobster fishing industry. Government scientists attributed the drop-off to overfishing and recommended raising the minimum legal size of lobsters that could be harvested. Lobstermen disagreed, contending that their longstanding practice of returning oversized lobsters to the sea as brood stock would take care of the problem. In this intriguing and entertaining book, Corson, a journalist who has reported on such diverse subjects as organ transplants and Chinese sweatshops, brings together the often conflicting worlds of commercial lobstermen and marine scientists, showing how the two sides joined forces and tried for 15 years to solve the mystery of why the lobsters were disappearing. He brings the story to life by concentrating on the lobstermen and their families who live in one Maine fishing community, Little Cranberry Island, and alternating narratives of their lives with accounts of the research of scientists who, obsessed with the curious life of lobsters, conduct experiments that are often as strange and complex as the lobsters themselves. Corson provides more information about the lobster's unusual anatomy, eating habits and sex life than most readers will probably want to know, but he makes it all fascinating, especially when he juxtaposes observations of human behavior and descriptions of the social life of lobsters. However, by the end of the book, the answer to the puzzle remains elusive. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While the mating habits of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) may not initially strike readers as a scintillating topic, journalist Corson has skillfully interwoven the biological and personal aspects of these much-loved, tasty creatures into an informative and fascinating book (which arose from an essay that was published in the Atlantic Monthly). He addresses the contradictory nature of Maine's steadily rising lobster harvests with New England's rapidly failing fishing waters, teaching us about the lobster itself as well as the lives and work of Maine's lobster fishermen-a group of people who seemingly have figured out a way to guarantee the future of the very creatures they spend their lives harvesting. The two years Corson spent among the fishermen and biologists of Little Cranberry Island, ME, were fruitful ones, and this work brings to mind such natural history classics as William Warner's Beautiful Swimmers and Mark Kurlanksy's Cod. Recommended for all high school and academic libraries, particularly those with natural history and environmental history tracks of study.-Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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