Seaweed Chronicles by Susan Hand Shetterly

Seaweed Chronicles

“You might not expect unfettered passion on the topic of seaweed, but Shetterly is such a great storyteller that you find yourself following along eagerly.” —Mark Kurlansky “Seaweed is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth,” writes Susan Hand Shetterly in this elegant, fascinating book. “Why wouldn’t seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since?” On a planet facing e...

Details Seaweed Chronicles

TitleSeaweed Chronicles
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Nature, Biology

Reviews Seaweed Chronicles

  • Maura Muller
    Beautiful."Wild places will teach us, if we let them, if we pay attention."I picked this book up as an ARC at Library Journal's Day of Dialog for my son who is studying to be a marine scientist in Maine. I began reading it to see if he might enjoy it. I know he will treasure it. I could not put it down.For anyone who has ever enjoyed a walk along a shoreline, or loves eating seafood; clams, lobster, shrimp, cod, haddock. Maybe you love science li...
  • Belle
    This was absolutely a wonderful and informative read. Before I get into the specifics of all the things I liked and didn’t, however, I would like to talk about my own feelings on the subject matter at hand. Reading this book frustrated me immensely. I hated reading about all this disappearing wildlife, and its habitat, and not being able to do anything about it. I was even more frustrated when Shetterly described the efforts being made to stop ...
  • Celina
    Susan Hand Shetterly tells a familiar story of a beautiful but tenuous ecology at risk from overharvesting, but she tells it so well and so thoroughly that it's a pleasure to read. My favorite passage, from the chapter "The Uneasy Art of Making Policy": "When sitting in on a meeting of seaweed harvesters and processors, I heard one of the participants, tilting back in his chair, declare, "Rockweed—you just can't overharvest it. You can't. It's ...
  • Corinne
    I found this book fascinating. The Seaweed Chronicles explores the seaweed harvest in Maine, interweaving the importance of seaweed in coastal ecosystems, where every creature's life depends upon another. Shetterly takes us through the complicated debates between commercial harvesters, local harvesters and conservation efforts. Briefly describing the boom and bust of Maine fisheries, she makes the case for caution, consideration, compassion and t...
  • Elentarri
    Seaweed Chronicles explores the harvest of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. This book is about relationships - relationships between the local people, large scale commerce, conservationists, seaweed, and all the species that depend on seaweed in one way or another. Shetterly provides us with the personal stories of individual people who work and live at the shore, about the local ecology, about the past, present and ultimately about the future. I fo...
  • Daniel
    I like to eat the 99 cent seaweed from the grocery store so I though I would want to eat I mean read a book about seaweed. I am having writers block about this review. I thought it was interesting to learn about the issues surrounding seaweed harvesting in Maine. For that matter I had no idea that seaweed was harvested in Maine. This was an entertaining book to read. I don't think I need to write more than that. I enjoyed reading it.
  • Becca Ehling
    Loved this one—couldn’t put it down!
  • Stephani
    Wonderful book. Plenty of history, science, and personal stories that really made me appreciate a bit of my State's coast (and its people) a lot more.
  • Katharine
    Fascinating exploration of the seaweed industry and its entire context in the Gulf of Maine - mostly focused on the area in Maine where my family has deep roots.
  • Adrienne Ross
    See my review at the New York Journal of Books:
  • Josie
    Such a different perspective! I have a greater appreciate for our ocean's forests and their value as habitat, food, and as part of the biome we all live in.
  • Marlene
    This is a book that cries out for illustration, photos or line drawings. I spent lots of time on my tablet looking for images of the various types of seaweed mentioned. Otherwise, an interesting book alerting the reader to the seaweed battles between unregulated harvesters,big business and environmentalists