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Stellwagen
The Making and Unmaking of a National Marine Sanctuary
Peter Borrelli




UPNE
2009 • 262 pp. 1 color map 6 x 9"
Nature / Conservation


$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-714-9

$14.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-876-4

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“Stellwagen is noteworthy for its detail on the oceanography, biology, and natural history of the [Stellwagen] bank, as well as the author’s uniquely candid notes on political infighting over ocean management law . . . Recommended.”Choice

An insider’s look at a sanctuary under siege

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.

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“Peter Borrelli’s Stellwagen: The Making and Unmaking of a National Marine Sanctuary is not just an excellent account of the struggle to protect this vital coastal habitat off the coast of Massachusetts. Borrelli provides insight on the challenges we face in managing the competing interests in all coastal ecosystems. It is an excellent resource for those of us who want to reform and revitalize the governance of our oceans.”—Congressman Bill Delahunt, Tenth District, Massachusetts

“The saga of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a case study in how politics—and the special interests it serve—have combined to stymie the very protection efforts that the law intended. From critically-endangered right whales victimized by ship strikes, to Atlantic herring being decimated by fishing fleets, Peter Borrelli exhaustively researches what's gone wrong—and what may yet be done to preserve one of our planet’s richest ecosystems of ocean life.”—Dick Russell, author of Eye of the Whale



PETER BORRELLI is the former director of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. He has been an activist, journalist, and environmental consultant, and was the founding editor of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Amicus Journal (now OnEarth magazine).



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