Fish House Opera (Maritime)

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Press: Mystic Seaport; First American Edition edition (June 2003)
Publication Date:1970-1


Fishing families live by the values considered truly American:  independence, risk taking and honest hard work. 
yet in the competition over uses of the sea and protection on its resources, fishermen often become victims rather than equal participants in the search for solutions.
Taking place in 16 "acts" on and beside the broad waters of North Carolina, Fish House Opera offers eloquent testimony on the issues facing commercial fishing families today.
Here they share their delight in being fully engaged in a life well lived and their despair at seeing that way of life changed beyond their control.
With all the comic and tragic elements of a classic opera, Fish House Opera will resonate with anyone seeking to comprehend the nature of American Life.

About the Author

Susan West is the wife of a Hatteras Island commercial fisherman. 
She writes the 'Fishing for a Living' column in the Island Breeze.
She is well respected for her work in fisheries managemen, including her service on the North Carolina Fisheries Moratorium Steering Committee.
Barbara Garrity-Blake is author of "The Fish Factory" and has wirtten op-ed columns in The News and Observer.
She holds a Ph.D in anthropology and taught for nine years at East Carolina University


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     While clearly written from a specific point of view, this collection of annecdotes is interesting and informative about the state of the fishing industry in Eastern North Carolina.
  •     I bought this for our second home on the Outer Banks. It's dead on with the challenges faced by those who pursue a traditional way of life in our increasingly regulated and permitted society and exemplifies the plight of those pay by doing for those who get paid for making policy.
  •     I really enjoyed reading this book, as it's about the struggles eastern NC has with the fishing industry. It was very interesting to read and nostalgic of a time gone by.

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