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Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlantic Fisherman

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Warner tells us, in vivd dialogue and action-filled narrative, about the maritime life of the men of many nations and tongues, about the waning resources of the fishery, about those who refined the competence of fishing technology to the point of diminishing returns, about the extension of offshore limits. In an epilogue he explains how the new fishing leviathans nearly fi ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Little Brown and Company
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Cape Fisherman
Oct 11, 2012 Cape Fisherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Warner investigates the birth of factory trawlers on the open ocean. As a conservationist I find factory trawlers abhorent, but Warner presents the backstory to the rise of these monsterous fishing machines. Post Magnuson Act the US Government provided low interest loans to fishermen and subsidized the creation of factory fishing. In a few short years all nations learned that the ocean, once thought to be inexhustable, had a finest resource. Anyone interested in understanding the complex ...more
Kenno82
I think the author sums it up best when he states, "If, then, the reader has found this work within the tolerable bounds of general interest, join me in thanking him [the editor]". Sometimes Warner walks a fine line. The more technical chapters relating to purse seiner fishing are jargon filled and difficult to read. However, his experience fishing on a soviet factory ship is very interesting.
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Jul 15, 2014 David Traver Adolphus rated it it was amazing
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Warner is well known for [Pulitzer-winning] Beautiful Swimmers, so I'm not sure why Distant Water is so overlooked, because it was decades ahead of its time and is just as keenly observed.

Between 1977 and 1979, William Warner traveled with distant-water commercial fishing vessels from West Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union in an effort to document a way of life he felt was almost unknown to the general public. For Beautiful Swimmers, on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay, he ha
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