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att Rigney is an author of both novels and nonfiction books. H e is also an ocean environmentalist who has written a book about "great fish" and the people who fish them. M att is as passionate about the sport and business of fi shing as he is about the fish themselves. To conduct resea rch fo r this book, he spent five years a nd traveled more than 75,000 miles to seek out the great fish of che seamarl in, bluefin tuna, and swordfish-and to explore che causes of their population's sharp decline. That book, In Pursuit of Giants: One M an's Global Search fo r the Last of the Great Fish, was published in 201 2. "The great fi sh of the sea are unknown to most people, fi sh ermen still use traditional but when I tell them that a Pacific blue marlin can be over h andlines for catching bluefin 18-feet long and weigh nearly a ton; or that an adult bluefin tuna, some of which can sell fo r tuna is the size of a cow but can keep up with your car on hundreds of thousands of dola highway (except it's going through water); or that a broad- Jars. In Australia, he observed two 1,000-pound bill swordfis h hums more than half a mile deep, in total black marlin near the Great Barrier Reef, and in N ew Zeadarkness, and that it can attack a mako shark using its sword land he sailed 200 miles offshore with the world 's greates t as a weapon-and win, then people begin to understand swordfishing captain, who h as put his clients on m ore that the world is far larger and more 500-pound-or-greater swordfish than anyone on the planet. Finally, M att's beautiful than they ever imagined, and that che creatures who inhabit research took him to the M editerrait are worthy of our protection." n ean aboard the Greenpeace ship Matt has been an avid fisherman Rainbow Warrior, where environmenhis whole life; how did he go fro m cal activists were working to h alt ilfi shin g to writing? In college, h e legal bluefin tuna hunting o ff the took a class in creative writing. His north coast of Africa. Throughout his professor told che studencs to find a travels, he shot thousands of photos photograph chat interested them and video, interviewed all kinds of and make up a story about it. "I sat people, and took copious notes about dow n at my desk in my dorm room every thing. And when he was done, he went home to write. and bega n w riting. When I put my When h e is in writing mode, pen down four hours later, I sa id to mysel f, 'W hat just happened ?' I had Matt.photographed this hu~e black Matt is usually ac his desk by 7:00AM. encered what is called flo w- a menmarlin near the Great Barner Reef H e writes and revises as long as he can ta! state of being in the z one, where you feel an incredible, maintain the brainpower to do it well, usually between three energized foc us, and total involvement in what you are do- and six hours at a time. Writing is cough work, and not ing. I knew then I had tapped into something new and vital everyone can do it. M att says that the best training he did to me." for this kind of work was to read a lot. "Studying the works N ot all w riters do the kind of research chat M att did fo r of ocher writers is essencial, as well as allowing others to give his book. H e traveled to N ova Scotia co join commercial feedback on your writing as you go along." H e warns wouldharpoon fi shermen offshore as they hunced swordfish . H e be w riters to be open to criticism, advice, and even rejection, flew to Cabo San Lucas in M ex ico to witness a hundred but to hold strong to you r own convictions. "You must striped marlin feeding on sardines, and then swam w ith a develop the ability to dare greatly, and to resume the quest 30-foot whale shark. H e next flew to Japan to check out the when your great daring results in hundreds of pages of failed world 's largest fish ma rket, called Tsukiji, and then writing. W riting is a discipline, and to be successful at it, visited the northern Japanese town of Oma, where you must be driven and simgular in your purpose." ,!,

Sea History 154 - Spring 2016  

10 The 2016 National Maritime Awards Dinner • 12 ICMM in Hong Kong, the 2015 International Congress of Maritime Museums, by Burchenal Green...

Sea History 154 - Spring 2016  

10 The 2016 National Maritime Awards Dinner • 12 ICMM in Hong Kong, the 2015 International Congress of Maritime Museums, by Burchenal Green...

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