The Real Sea Change

Documents - Journal: Journal article
30 Nov 1999 -
What can pirates journals and centuries-old cookbooks teach modern-day ecologists? Mark Schrope meets the researchers who trawl history books for deeper insights into marine ecosystems. Many of them work for History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP), a program of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). - Tales of the sea: pirate journals dating back to the late 1600s can offer useful information on marine ecosystems. -A question of scale: archive material can give fresh perspective on the abundance of certain species. -Archaeological digs of wastes near nineteenth-century sturgeon fisheries, shed light on their dwindling numbers.
Author: Mark Schrope
Organizer: Nature