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A NATURALIST GOES FISHING: Casting in Fragile Waters from the Gulf of Mexico to New Zealand’s South Island
by James McClintock

A NATURALIST GOES FISHING: Casting in Fragile Waters from the Gulf of Mexico to New Zealand’s South Island by James McClintock

Internationally recognized marine biologist Jim McClintock combines his deep expertise as a marine biologist with his personal passion for fishing in a beautifully written narrative

In the tradition of fishing classics, A Naturalist Goes Fishing combines elements of the triumph between fisher and fish (Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea), humor and wit (Howell Raines’ Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis), and a passionate concern for the natural environment (John McPhee).

Jim McClintock takes us to some of the most breathtaking waters the world has to offer while capturing the drama and serendipity in the beloved sport of fishing. We follow him and his fishing buddies and professional guides, as he fishes off the marshy barrier islands of Louisiana, teeming with life but also ravaged by recent disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill. We travel to the remote waters of New Zealand’s Stuart Island, where the commercial fishing industry is fast disappearing; fish for gigantic Antarctic toothfish through a drilled ice hole at McMurdo Station; and scout for spotted bass on Alabama’s Cahaba River, which has the highest diversity of fresh water fish in North America. As we take this global journey, we see how sea level rise, erosion, pollution, water acidification, and overfishing each cause damage.

This strikingly beautiful narrative is a must read for anglers and nature lovers alike.

JAMES B. MCCLINTOCK is an internationally recognized Antarctic Marine Biologist Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has 25 years of research experience in Antarctica and over 230 scientific publications. He has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, Discover Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and appeared on The Weather Channel. He lives in Birmingham, AL.

Praise for Lost Antarctica:

“A veteran of the extreme south, McClintock shares the otherworldly wonders unveiled by decades of research. The book is packed with joys.”—Nature

“McClintock offers a vivid portrait.”—The Washington Post

“A close look at the life of a scientist in a strange wilderness for months at a time, and a revelatory exploration of the region’s unique wildlife… McClintock is a determined, evenhanded guide.”—Smithsonian magazine