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Sylvia Earle - Deep Sea Explorer and Ocean Conservationist
Sylvia Earle, often known as "Her Deepness," is a marine scientist, author, and former chief of the NOAA who holds the record for walking untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other person. She has also been recognized by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend.
(Public domain image of Sylvia Earle by NOAA)
Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans
Amazon calls this book, "an enthusiastic celebration of that diversity and abundance. It's also a profoundly sobering account of the shortsighted human assault on ocean life." For me, one of the most sobering parts of the book was when Earle compared the food/energy required to make a pound of beef (20 lbs of plants consumed per pound of body weight for a year-old cow) vs. the food/energy required for a pound of bluefin tuna (thousands of pounds of fish that consumed thousands of pounds of smaller fish, which in turn consumed thousands of pounds of plants). It puts everything in perspective.
A fascinating read I recommend!
Book description: Amazon calls this book, "an enthusiastic celebration of that diversity and abundance. It's also a profoundly sobering account of the shortsighted human assault on ocean life." For me, one of the most sobering parts of the book was when Earle compared the food/energy required to make a pound of beef (20 lbs of plants consumed per pound of body weight for a year-old cow) vs. the food/energy required for a pound of bluefin tuna (thousands of pounds of fish that consumed thousands of pounds of smaller fish, which in turn consumed thousands of pounds of plants). It puts everything in perspective.
A fascinating read I recommend!
Save the Oceans with Your Seafood Choices
Seafood to Avoid
Sylvia Earle has worked to save oceans and to educate people about our impact on them. One of the many ways we affect the world's seas is overfishing and poor fishing practices. You can avoid contributing to this problem by avoiding certain types of seafood. The list below shows seafood to avoid because it has been overfished and/or fished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. The data here comes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood WATCH guide. You'll find more information, as well as a list of "good" seafood choices by visiting their site.
Seafood to Avoid
Caviar, Sturgeon (Imported)
Corvina, Gulf (Gulf of California)
Crab, King (Imported)
Crayfish (Imported farmed)
Flounder, Soles (Atlantic)
Grenadier (U.S. Pacific)
Groupers (U.S. Atlantic, U.S. Gulf of Mexico)
Groupers (Main Hawaiian Islands)
Halibut, California (set gillnet)
Lobster, Spiny (Caribbean imported)
Mahi Mahi / Dolphinfish (Imported longline)
Marlin, Blue (Imported)
Salmon Roe (farmed)
Sea Urchin (Maine)
Shrimp (Imported farmed)
Shrimp (Imported wild-caught)
Snapper, Pink (Main Hawaiian Islands)
Snapper, Red (U.S. Gulf of Mexico)
Snapper, Red (Imported)
Snapper, Red (Main Hawaiian Islands)
Snapper, Ruby (Main Hawaiian Islands)
Snapper, Vermilion (U.S.)
Spearfish, Shortbill (Imported)
Sturgeon (Imported wild-caught)
Tilapia (China, Taiwan farmed)
Tilefish, Blueline (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic)
Tilefish, Golden (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic)
Totoaba (Gulf of California)
Trout, Lake (Lake Huron, Lake Michigan)
Tuna, Albacore (Worldwide except Hawaii longline)
Tuna, Bigeye (Worldwide except U.S. Atlantic longline)
Tuna, Skipjack (Imported longline)
Tuna, Yellowfin (longline)
Yellowtail (Australia farmed)
Yellowtail (Japan farmed)
More Books by Sylvia Earle
If you're interested in marine conservation, sustainable seas, saving coral reefs or anything related to our beautiful oceans, check out these other books by Her Deepness.
Atlas of the oceans includes 150 maps, photographs, and satellite images of areas such as the Mariana Trench and the MidAtlantic Ridge and explores the flora, fauna and phenomena of the seas
Accompanying exquisite, up-to-the-minute maps, Earle's compelling text reveals the beauty and complexity of the ocean structure-past, present, and future-and explores its flora, fauna, and diverse phenomena, from giant squid and kelp to the smallest microbial bodies. Fascinating point maps take us into the planet's deepest abyss, the Mariana Trench; along the planet's longest mountain chain, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; on the migration route of humpback whales; and to a host of marine sanctuaries worldwide. An unequaled resource for both education and entertainment, Atlas of the Ocean also explores the progress of fascinating technological developments that will help scientists discover the ocean's innumerable uncharted regions and life-forms.
A photo essay of America's national marine sanctuaries
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Sylvia Earle Links - Read more about this amazing advocate of the seas
- Academy of Achievement - Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
- National Geographic - Explorers in Residence: Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
- The My Hero Project - Explorer Hero - Sylvia Earle
- About.com - Sylvia Earle Queen of the Deep
- Answers.com - Biography: Sylvia A. Earle
- Dive Global - Famous Divers: Sylvia Earle
- Literati.net - About the Author, Sylvia A. Earle
- CNN - Heroes for the Planet: Her Deepness
- Library of Congress - Living Legends: Sylvia Earle
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