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Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth-Century Ecological & Cultural Transformations of Cape Cod
In just over a century Cape Cod was transformed from barren agricultural wasteland to bountiful fishery to pastoral postcard wilderness suitable for the tourist trade. This complex social, ecological, and scientific transformation fundamentally altered how Cape Codders used and managed their local marine resources, and determined how they eventually lost them. The Cape Cod ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by University Press of New England
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Matt is a friend of mine. I read his first book with great anticipation. His thesis is that the coastal fisheries of Cape Cod sustained Native Americans and the descendants of English colonists on an impoverished land until the pound net fishery expanded in the 1850s to provide bait for the tub trawl groundfishery. Overfishing by pound nets, which also prevented fish from reaching spawning grounds on the coast, decimated the clupeids like alewives, herring and menhaden (which was once common in ...more
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