The Death and Life of Monterey Bay
A Story of Revival
by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka
Pub Date 02 Nov 2010
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Anyone who has ever stood on the shores of Monterey Bay, watching the rolling ocean waves and frolicking otters, knows it is a unique place. But even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history. Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, and is now one of the most celebrated shorelines in the world.
It is a remarkable story of life, death, and revival-told here for the first time in all its stunning color and bleak grays. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay begins in the eighteenth century when Spanish and French explorers encountered a rocky shoreline brimming with life-raucous sea birds, abundant sea otters, barking sea lions, halibut the size of wagon wheels,waters thick with whales. A century and a half later, many of the sea creatures had disappeared, replaced by sardine canneries that sickened residents with their stench but kept the money flowing. When the fish ran out and the climate turned, the factories emptied and the community crumbled. But today, both Monterey's economy and wildlife are resplendent. How did it happen?
The answer is deceptively simple: through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay
is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed
it. Monterey is thriving because of an eccentric mayor who wasn't afraid
to use pistols, axes, or the force of law to protect her coasts. It is
because of fishermen who love their livelihood, scientists who are
fascinated by the sea's mysteries, and philanthropists and community
leaders willing to invest in a world-class aquarium. The shores of
Monterey Bay revived because of human passion--passion that enlivens
every page of this hopeful book.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Stephen R. Palumbi is the Director of the Hopkins Marine Station and the Harold A. Miller Professor of Marine Science at Stanford University.
Carolyn Sotka manages science and policy outreach activities for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Oceans and Human Health Initiative.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1 Julia’s Window
Part I: The Ruin
Chapter 2 The First California Gold Rush: Otters
Chapter 3 Whale Bones in Treasure Bay Chapter 4 Abalone Shells and China Point
Part II: The Bottom
Chapter 5 Dr. Mayor Julia Platt Chapter 6 The Power of One: Julia Fights the Canneries
Chapter 7 Ed Ricketts, Ecology and the Philosophy of Tide Pools
Chapter 8 Dust Bowl of the Sea: The Canneries Collapse
Part III: The Recovery
Chapter 9 The Otter Returns
Chapter 10 Kelp, Seals, and Seabirds Rise Again
Chapter 11 The Aquarium
Chapter 12 The Century to Come
About the Authors