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Author Warne, K. P.

Title Let them eat shrimp : the tragic disappearance of the rainforests of the sea / Kennedy Warne.

Imprint Washington, DC : Island Press, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    578.7698 WAR    Available
Description xviii, 166 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Note "A Shearwater book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Tigers in the aisles -- Paradise lost -- Pink gold and a blue revolution -- The old man and the mud crab -- The cockle gatherers of Tambillo -- A just fight -- Bimini twist -- Candy and the Magic Forest -- The carbon sleuth -- Paradise regained -- The road to Manzanar -- Under the mango tree -- A city and its mangroves -- A mangrove's worth.
Summary What's: The Connection between a platter of jumbo shrimp, murdered fishermen, impoverished coastal communities, and disastrous hurricanes? Mangroves. Many people have never heard of these salt-water forests, but for those who depend on their riches, mangroves are indispensable. They are natural storm barriers, home to innumerable exotic creatures--from crab-eating vipers to man-eating tigers--and provide livelihoods to millions of coastal dwellers. Now they are being destroyed to make way for shrimp farming and other development. For those who stand in the way of these industries, the consequences can be deadly. In Let Them Eat Shrimp, Kennedy Warne takes readers into the muddy battle zone that is the mangrove forest. A tangle of snaking roots and twisted trunks, mangroves are often dismissed as foul wastelands. In fact, they are the supermarkets of the sea, providing shellfish, crabs, honey, timber, and charcoal to coastal communities throughout the tropical world. Generations have built their lives around mangroves and consider these swamps sacred. To shrimp farmers and land developers, mangroves simply represent a good investment. The tidal land on which they stand often has no title. So, with a nod and wink from a compliant official, it can be turned from a public resource to a private possession. The forests are bulldozed and their traditional users marginalized. The true price of shrimp farming and other coastal development has gone largely unheralded in the U.S. media. A longtime journalist, Warne now captures the insatiability of these industries and the magic of the mangroves. His vivid account will make every reader pause before ordering the shrimp.--Book jacket.
Subject Mangrove forests.
Mangrove ecology.
Mangrove restoration.
ISBN 1597266833 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781597266833 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781597263344 (pbk.)

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