Shrimp : The Endless Quest for Pink Gold

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-12-11
  • Publisher: FT Press
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In the spirit of best-sellers like Cod and Salt, an amazing history of the sea's #1 delicacy! bull; bull;Shrimp sex, shrimp wars, and shrimp economics: the remarkable stories behind the shrimp you eat. bull;Meet the shrimp you wouldn't dare to eat: shrimp that are powerful enough to break aquarium glass! bull;By two of the nation's leading nature writers, Jack and Anne Rudloe. The story of shrimp is as delicious as the creatures themselves. Renowned nature writers Jack and Anne Rudloe tell that story with passion, revealing a hidden history that has spanned millennia. You'll discover the human stories and heritage behind centuries of shrimping, around the world; meet the most remarkable of the world's 4,000 species of shrimp; come aboard ragged old shrimp boats, and spy on high-tech shrimp tanks; discover why shrimp may be a restaurant's best friend, and a land speculator's worst nightmare. You'll meet people who love to eat shrimp, the fishermen who roam the seas catching them, and the aquaculturists who raise them in ponds, selling them more cheaply than fishermen ever could. You'll gain powerful new insights into a conflict that's as old as humanity itself: the conflict between hunter-gatherers and farmers. You'll discover the vastness and diversity of both nature and humanity, as you travel from abandoned Mayan tombs to the California Gold Rush; from the heart of Cajun country to the English Channel. You will learn things you never imagined about microbiology and real estate, about economics and ecosystems. And, as you meet the people around the world who've caught, sold, cooked, and loved shrimp, you might just meet your own ancestors. Read this book, and you'll never feel the same way about shrimp again: you'll love it even more.

Author Biography

Jack and Anne Rudloe operate Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc.–a unique environmental education center and public aquarium that supplies marine organisms to schools and research laboratories–in Panacea, Florida. (See their web site at www.gulfspecimen.org.) Jack has spent years working on shrimp boats, participated in the International Indian Ocean Expedition and has made collecting trips for the New York Aquarium and the National Cancer Institute. He has written six highly acclaimed and widely reviewed nonfiction books on the sea. His novel Potluck, a story of shrimping and smuggling, has been called a Florida classic.


Anne Rudloe has published two nonfiction books, Priceless Florida and Butterflies on a Sea Wind–a book on Zen mediation–and has also written many scientific research papers. Together, Anne and her husband have published articles in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Natural History, Audubon, and other magazines. They have been featured in several major television documentaries on PBS and Jack has been interviewed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Network, and National Public Radio. In addition to writing columns for the Tallahassee Democrat, Anne is also an adjunct professor at Florida State University.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Going Shrimpingp. 1
About Shrimpp. 15
Glory Daysp. 27
Shrimp in the Grassp. 49
Microscopic Monstersp. 73
The Shrimp Runp. 93
Rock Shrimp and Spotted Prawnsp. 121
Turtles, TEDs, and Troublesp. 139
Wetlands and Real Estatep. 175
In Search of the Perfect Prawnp. 205
The Miracles of Chitinp. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
About the Authorsp. 242
Indexp. 243
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