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Articles and Papers

America’s Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change, Pew Oceans Commission, June 4, 2003

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Mother Jones Special Project: Coral Reefs

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century Final Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy on September 20, 2004.

Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004, Australian Institute of Marine Science

UN Atlas of the Oceans


Heal the Ocean by Rod Fujita, 2003, New Society Publishers

From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy by
Michael L. Weber, January 2002, Island Press.

Seafood Lover’s Almanac, ed. Mercedes Lee, contributors: Suzanne Ludicello and Carl Safina, 2000, National Audubon Society

Mattanza: The Ancient Sicilian Ritual of Bluefin Tuna Fishing by Theresa Maggio, 2000, Penguin Books

Fish, Markets, and Fishermen: The Economics of Overfishing by Suzanne Iudicello, Michael Weber, and Robert Wieland, 1999, Island Press

Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts & Beneath the Seas by Carl Safina, 1997, Henry Holt and Company.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, 1997, Penguin Books

Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by Sylvia Earle, 1995, Ballantine Books


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