Traces the history of bass, cod, salmon, and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections.
According to food journalist Paul Greenberg, humanity's voracious and prosaic taste for seafood is decimating the populations of the four most popular palatable varieties of fish--bass, cod, salmon, and tuna. Greenberg provides a captivating history for each of these four breeds, revealing how they came to dominate the seafood industry and altered fishing habits and patterns around the globe. As a result of overfishing, all four species are becoming increasingly rare in the wild, forcing seafood markets and food producers to rely more on fish farms. But in his worldly travels, from Alaska to China to Greece to Scotland, Greenberg uncovers a wealth of evidence which clearly shows that the relatively new practice of fish farming is seriously lacking in organization and regulation. Despite this somber industrial analysis, Greenberg offers plenty of encouragement by showing how seafood enthusiasts can contribute to the cause simply by expanding their diet to encompass a wider variety of fish. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
- Technology, Nature, Social Science
- Fisheries + Aquaculture, Environmental Conservation + Protection, fish
- May 31, 2011
- May 31, 2011
- Paul Greenberg
- Christopher Lane (Narrator)