Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Ocean Book from Sam Malone


Who? While it is great that Ted Danson, who played Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, is supporting the oceans, what a bummer that on the recent first night of his book tour in the largest city in the US, the oceans only garnered a medium crowd. Where's the love?

Ted and Friend
Danson still did a great job. Refreshing, unassuming, and natural he was. Great sense of humor, and assuredly (and thankfully) not a scientist.

Thankfully because he spoke to the layman, not trying to be the know-it-all, in fact acknowledging that he was none of that. As he would tell it, he is simply a famous person trying to be a responsible global citizen. From what I can tell from my seat in the crowd, he'd probably be a good guy to hang out with in general.

He made a good point about overfishing, too. Although a fishery or fishing method may be sustainable, the margin of error is very thin for potentially game-changing events such as ocean acidification and oil spills. Can a fish population take three big hits at once? Not sure, so let's err on the side of the fish.

Meanwhile, Danson's book is a comprehensive survey of the oceans and the challenges facing them, replete with tons of images, which is a nice way to digest the sea of information.

The book is called Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them (Rodale Press) named after the excellent marine organization he fronts. Get it! Enjoy it! 

Short piece here about his tour.

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