Friday, April 18, 2008

Blog Candy I

Tamara introduced me to the concept of blog candy.

Basically a blogger offers up a free gift for commenters to win. In order to win, other bloggers have to leave a comment and then link back to the contest on their own blogs. The blogger hosting the blog candy contest then selects a winner.

I like the idea, so I'm going to make blog candy a feature of the Saipan Blog.

So for my first blog candy contest, I'm asking bloggers to write about why they support the proposed "National Park of the Sea" for the area encompassing the Mariana Trench and the islands of Maug, Asuncion, and Uracas. The post must have a link back to this post. Leave a comment on this blog after you post your reason on your blog.

The prize will be a copy of The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts and a copy of the latest issue of MP magazine. Here is a short review of the book:
Humanity can make short work of the oceans’ creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller’s sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It’s a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the explorers set sail.

As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans’ bounty didn’t disappear overnight. While today’s fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.

Drawing on firsthand accounts of early explorers, pirates, merchants, fishers, and travelers, the book recreates the oceans of the past: waters teeming with whales, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and giant fish. The abundance of marine life described by fifteenth century seafarers is almost unimaginable today, but Roberts both brings it alive and artfully traces its depletion. Collapsing fisheries, he shows, are simply the latest chapter in a long history of unfettered commercialization of the seas.

The story does not end with an empty ocean. Instead, Roberts describes how we might restore the splendor and prosperity of the seas through smarter management of our resources and some simple restraint. From the coasts of Florida to New Zealand, marine reserves have fostered spectacular recovery of plants and animals to levels not seen in a century. They prove that history need not repeat itself: we can leave the oceans richer than we found them.
This contest will end on Earth Day at midnight EST (that is 2 PM Chamorro Standard Time the following day).


Marianas Eye said...

I'm holding the prize hostage.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I have more than one book.

Tamara said...

Oh man...Im loving this blog candy concept although I haven't won anything yet...Im going to have to work on my entry for yours as soon as I have more than 2 minutes to blog....when is earth day? oh my I better check my calendar...

Saipan Writer said...

Good thing you have more than one copy. You already said you'd loan one to me!

Still, I'll get around to writing more in support.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...


I have my Jeep back!

Where is MLS? I can drop off a copy.

Tamara said...


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