Review: The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide: The Blue Movement Directory (2005-2006)

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Review: The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide: The Blue Movement Directory (2005-2006) By David Helvarg (Ed.) Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller San Francisco, USA The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide: The Blue Movement Directory (2005-2006). Edited by David Helvarg. Washington, DC: Island Press 2005. 193 pp. ISBN: 1-55963-861-3 $26.95 Trade paper. Printed on recycled, acid-free paper.

David Helvarg, the author of Blue Frontier and War Against the Greens, a journalist turned activist, has provided the ocean conservation, now ocean sustainability, community with a directory which lists the many governmental agencies and nonprofits which are concerned with the fate of our coastal and ocean resources.

Herein one will find a listing by state of ocean conservation groups, marine schools and science centers, U.S. coastal and ocean parks, and government agencies responsible for the oceans. Described briefly are hundreds of related organizations with which concerned parties can become involved. Included are the addresses of local chapters of major environmental organizations like the Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Surf Riders Foundation, and others. There is probably an organization in your city or state if you live in the United States.

Many of the organizations Helvarg lists are concerned with sustainability and marine pollution, but surprisingly absent from this dense directory of concerned parties are vegetarian or vegan groups which argue not to eat fish at all, for moral or health reasons. Helvarg notes that one of the resources that we depend upon from the sea is protein, the consumption of seafood being an entrenched element of our American lifestyle. …