Stellwagen

The Making and Unmaking of a National Marine Sanctuary

Peter Borrelli

Stellwagen

Peter Borrelli

Distributed for University Press of New England

262 pages | 6 x 9
The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, only twenty-five miles east of Boston. The area’s nutrient-rich waters attract a cornucopia of sea life—which in turn supports both recreational and commercial fisheries, along with a lucrative whale-watching industry. Peter Borrelli, who served on the sanctuary’s federally appointed advisory council for more than ten years, provides an insider’s view of the problems of managing a chronically under-funded marine preserve that is often of two minds about its mission. This is a sobering and well-considered examination of what happens when well-intentioned legislation meets the reality of trying to protect an extremely delicate and intensely popular ecosystem.
Contents
Foreword – Susan E. Farady • Acknowledgments • DISCOVERY • Middle Bank • A Special Place • Designation • If Not Wilderness, What? • AN INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNING: 1992-2007 • An Ocean Runs Through It • Business as Usual • Whales Ho! • The Accidental Hunt • Ec
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