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    Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife: “Conniff is a splendid writer–fresh, clear, uncondescending, and with never a false step; one can’t resist quoting him.” (NY Times Book Review)

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Save the Shipwrecks to Save the Fish (and the Fishing)

Posted by Richard Conniff on August 8, 2015

(Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

(Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)


A few years ago in the Black Sea, off the Turkish coast, a marine archaeology expedition discovered a 2,400-year-old wooden shipwreck. It was still in good condition because of low-oxygen levels at its resting depth, and a video revealed human bones and vase-like clay storage vessels, called amphora, still intact. But when the crew returned to investigate the following year, fishing nets dragged across the bottom had reduced the entire wreck to scattered rubble. It was, said one archaeologist, like somebody drove a bulldozer through a museum.

The same thing has happened to roughly 45 percent of the estimated 3 million shipwrecks in the world’s lakes and oceans because of the industrial-scale trawling that has also decimated fish stocks worldwide.

But in a new study being published in the journal Marine Policy, an archaeologist and an ecologist propose a solution they say will protect these underwater cultural artifacts and at the same time Read the rest of this entry »

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