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Four Fish

The Future of the Last Wild Food
Greenberg, Paul (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Four Fish
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Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea. In Four Fish , award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world. He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna. Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.
Authors: Greenberg, Paul, 1967-
Title: Four fish
the future of the last wild food
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010
Characteristics: 284 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Greenberg
ISBN: 1594202567
Branch Call Number: 333.956 G7988f 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Fishery management Fish culture Fishery resources Hatchery vs. wild stocks Marine fishes Conservation Tuna Cultural control Codfish Cultural control Sea basses Cultural control Salmon Cultural control
Topical Term: Fishery management
Fish culture
Fishery resources
Marine fishes
Sea basses
LCCN: 2010001276
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We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea. In Four Fish , award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fis... Read More »

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Jul 04, 2013
  • rsalvino1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Finally a book about nature in the modern world that offers some hope! Seriously. Yes, we're quickly turning most of our oceans into deserts, but the author chronicles a couple of cases where we shut down fisheries and the fish actually came back! And we're not talking about a symbolic species like the bald eagle. One of the success stories is about cod--an ugly, tasteless but economically important fish.

The author offers a credible path for sustainable management of many of our fisheries. Now we need a book that explains how we can overcome our tendency towards self-centered, scientifically illiterate behavior that allows us to destroy our natural world and our future. I will forever remember the anecdote of the elder whose response to the closure of a key fishery around his village was, "But not all of them are dead yet!"

Jun 22, 2013
  • pokano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An important book on the history and the future of four important fish: the salmon, the bass, the cod and the tuna.

Sep 01, 2011
  • zipread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Paul Greenberg has written a very readable book. Much but not all of the book is written in the first person narrative --- that makes the book more immediate and more involving. It’s sort of like a chat with the guy with the fishing pole in his hand. That’s one of the things that makes this book such a good catch to read. Greenberg’s “Four Fish”, Salmon, Tuna, Bass, and Cod (don’t they almost make your mouth water) are the stars of this book. And that’s the problem --- they do make your mouth water. They’ve been on our menus and on our plates so long and so often that all of them have been fished and fished to the point of extinction. What to do, what to do? Greenberg’s answer seems to be stop fishing and stop farming. But do the fishing right --- select the most appropriate fish for domestication. The four fish may not be the best fish for that domestication. Fortunately, they’re not the only fish in the sea (I couldn’t helps myself --- that one just swam in to the sentence).
Fish often reads like a detective novel. Why, for example, the sea bass should never have been chosen for domestication. All the pitfalls and hurdles the researches had to overcome before they could produce a fish capable of being raised in captivity. And then there are the bad practices --- pollution, disease. There’s the effect farming has on wild fish stock. And finally, the question: do we have the right, ultimately, to displace the wild stock of our rivers and oceans and to eventually convert these rivers and oceans into aquaculture pens?

May 16, 2011
  • MIKEHAYES75 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Most informative, and really well-written. Information useful for those who buy and eat from the sea, or for those who care for the health of the oceans.

An argument for smart aquaculture.

Oct 13, 2010
  • russert4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great science writing from someone who was weaned on his subject. As a "seafood" guy I found this very compelling


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