The scent of diesel, rusting anchors and fish slurry hung in the humid air of the harbor. I was in Puntarenas on the western shore of Costa Rica, waiting to leave on a scuba-diving trip to Cocos Island – often called an “underwater Serengeti” because of the many species found there, especially the schools of […]
About Maria FinnMaria Finn is currently writing a book for the newly launched series of TED Books, “The Whole Fish, How Adventurous Eating Can Improve Your Sex Life and Help Save the Ocean.” It's due to be published Oct. 24th, 2012. As well, she is currently completing the novel “Sea Legs & Fish Nets” loosely based on her experiences working on an all-female commercial salmon fishing boat in Alaska. It was a finalist for the 2012 Pen/Bellwether Award founded by Barbara Kingsolver for novels that address issues of social and environmental justice. Maria Finn is the author of the four books, including “Cuba In Mind” (Vintage 2004) “Mexico in Mind” (Vintage 2006), “A Little Piece of Earth” (Rizzoli 2010) and the memoir, “Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home” (Algonquin 2010). She is a contributing writer for Sunset Magazine, Gardenista.com and covers sustainable seafood topics for KQED's Bay Area Bites. She has written for publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Audubon, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and Gastronomica among many others. Finn’s essays have been anthologized in The New York Times 36 Hours,( 2011), Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North, (2009), A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution (2007), The Best Women's Travel Writing 2007 and The Best Food Writing 2006.
Cocos Island lures adventurous divers and ruthless shark poachers
The San Francisco Bay is a frenzy of rapturous seagulls, cormorants so gorged they can barely take flight, sea lions bellowing and porpoises spinning. The herring have returned to spawn. Humans are getting in on the action, too. A herring festival last weekend in Sausalito offered tastings of various preparations, and chefs all around the Bay Area […]
(Updates story with state and federal study on hatcheries) After years of going begging, Northern California is awash in salmon. Charter boats are booked up to two weeks in advance, and anglers claim to be bagging their limits before noon. The smell of gurry and the glimmer of scales are back at San Francisco’s Pier […]
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