IDYLL, C.P. GROSVENOR, Melville Bell, introduction.
Title: Sea Against Hunger : Harvesting the Oceans to Feed a Hungry World. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed
Publisher:  Crowell, New York, 1970, ISBN:0609722648
Seller ID: 47906
IDYLL, C.P. The Sea Against Hunger : Harvesting the Oceans to Feed a HungryWorld. Introduction by Melville Bell Grosvenor. New York : Thomas Y. Crowe ll Company, (1970). Pp (10),ix-xii,(2),1- 221,(3). Illustrated. 8vo, green cloth, yellow lettering to spine. Papadakis, International Law of the Sea: A Bibliography 2271. Read against the background of late 1960s oceanographic utopianism, which projected cities on the bottom of the sea and cheap protein for all, Idyll's sober assessment of the food producing capacity of the oceans seems modest and strangely reassuring. His insistence on recognising limits to exploitation is prescient and remains valid today. "After assessing mankind's food needs, The Sea Against Hunger examines the biological pyramid in the sea. Dr. Idyll shows that an understanding of the ocean's natural processes and output, form plankton plants to fish to man, is important if full use is to be made of new techniques for the harvest of fish. He examines every marine biological level, looking for the promise of more food for man: what is the feasibility of extending the cultivation of seaweed;of netting plankton (like the krill from the arctic seas); of establishing additional marine 'farms'; of transplanting valuable animals from one part of the sea to another; of using fish-protein concentrate ('fish flour); of increasing our skills in fish capture; of extending fishing operations to new regions, including the Antarctic and the deep sea? Dr. Idyll assesses the food potential of the sea in terms of existing food technologies - ranging from long-established fish farms in the Pacific to the great factory fleets of the U.S.S.R. and Japan - an in terms of the limiting ecological, political, and cultural factors. He compares the differences in various nations' attitudes toward fishing, showing why the Japanese and the Soviets are outstripping United States fisheries. He tells how the little country of Peru, with its enormous catch of a single species, the anchovy, has become theworld's largest fishing nation. Dr. Idyll foresees new and exciting techni ques of landing fish in the future. behavioral secrets of fish will be unlocked, to make capture easier and quicker: sound devices will 'talk' fish into the holds of ships; underwater electrical fields will attract fish to the gear' lights and artificial baits will be irresistible lures. But while it is certain that the sea produces enormous quantities of food, and that substantially more of this can feed mankind than at present, there are obstacles to the ocean harvest that neither need nor science may wholly be able to overcome. Man himself is the chief obstacle to his own survival, befouling the rivers and estuaries upon which so many food fish depend for their existences. Complementing the authoritative text are 85 superb black-and-white photographs, drawings, and diagrams, as well as a number of tables." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. Hunger; 2. Present Contribution of the Sea; 3. Food Production in the Sea; 4. The Harvest of Plankton; 5. The Harvest of Seaweed; 6. Farming the Sea; 7. Transplantions; 8. The Great Fishing Nations [Canada in at No.10 with 1,490,300 metric tons, after Peru, Japan, USSR, China, Norway, United States, "Africa and South-West Africa", India, and Spain]; 9. Fish Meal and Fish Protein Concentrate; 10. The Worldwide Outlook for More Fish; 11. Fishing, Now and in the Future; 12. Freedom to Fish; 13. TheRealities. With reading list and index. A few penned notes and lines, else very good in worn dustjacket. Signed, with inscription by the author. 35.0 0