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Four Fish by Paul Greenberg
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Oct 09, 10

Read in October, 2010

As a fisherman I found this book somewhat unsettling; and I suppose that’s what the author intended. He not only points at the smoke to yell, “Fire,” but he also proposes some solutions to the depletion of the last stocks of wild food available to mankind.

Greenberg’s descriptive prose engages the reader while at the same time instructing. We learn about the history of domesticating fish, the selection process practiced by fish farm entrepreneurs, the status of a variety of fish species. All this is accomplished while remaining focused on four primary classes of fish; salmon, cod, sea bass and tuna.

We typically regard most fish as food rather than as a resource of wild animals and therefore we have been unable or unwilling to provide such fish as salmon and tuna with the protection we extend to marine mammals. This book should serve as a call to action; a wake up call summoning the best we humans can muster in order to save the ocean’s denizens.
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