Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty

Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty - Craig Welch A combination of suspenseful true crime and nature writing, this fascinating book exposes the illicit world of wildlife smuggling, focusing on the black market for seafood harvested from Puget Sound. A labyrinth of laws and jurisdictions regulate the legal shellfish harvests, but the unknown numbers of fishermen clandestinely taking more than is lawful wreak havoc on scientists' careful predictions of what can be sustainably harvested. I also learned a lot about one of the strangest denizens of our seafloor: the geoduck (gooey-duck).