Kevin M. Bailey
In Fishing Lessons: Artisanal Fisheries and Saving Our Oceans (University of Chicago Press), Kevin M. Bailey sails across the world, exploring the fast-shifting current of how we gather food from the sea, what we gain and what we lose with the shifts away from traditional fishermen and into a marketplace of large-scale fishing companies. Species depletion, ecosystem devastation and the rise of artisanal fisheries are all part of the story. Kevin M. Bailey is the founding director of the Man & Sea Institute. He is also author of Billion Dollar Fish and of The Western Flyer.
“This book is less a lesson in fishing than a portrait of man at his most harmonious with the sea, when the ocean is his backyard rather than his dominion. Bailey draws on rich cultural history—from indigenous salmon fishers to the lore of Maine’s Bay of Fundy—to etch the line between sharing an ecosystem and exploiting it. His work reminds us that there are costs when that delicate boundary can’t be minded. And that the costs to humanity can run high as the costs to the fish.” —Lee van der Voo.