The Last Fish Tale: the Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town

By Mark Kurlansky

A delightful, intimate history & contemporary portrait of the quintessential northeastern coastal fishing town, Gloucester, Mass., America's oldest fishing port & most original town. 5x8 inches; 336 pgs.


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ISBN: 1-59448-374-4

EAN: 978-1-59448-374-5

Binding: Softcover

Publish Date: 04/05/2009

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The fate of the Atlantic and survival in Gloucester, America's oldest Fishing port and most original town.

Provides a delightful, intimate history and contemporary portrait of the quintessential northeastern coastal fishing town: Gloucester, Mass., on Cape Anne. Illustrated with his own beautifully executed drawings, Kurlansky's book vividly depicts the contemporary tension between the traditional fishing trade and modern commerce, which in Gloucester means beach-going tourists. One year ago, a beach preservation group enraged fishermen by seeking to harvest 105 acres of prime fishing ground for sand to deposit on the shoreline. Wealthy yacht owners compete with fishermen for prime dockage, driving up prices. Fishermen also contend with federal limits on their catches in an effort to maintain sustainable fisheries. But while cod are protected from extinction, the fishermen are not. Some boats must go 100 or more miles out to sea—a danger for small boats with few crew members. Tragedies abound, while one, that of the swordfish boat Andrea Gail, documented by Sebastian Junger in A Perfect Storm, brought even more tourists to Gloucester.

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.1 × 0.8 × 7.7 in


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