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Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Part memoir, part manifesto, in Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith--a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer--shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed.

Through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his early years on the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers, from pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the fronti
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Louise
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food

Bren Smith is not just an ocean farmer – he is an enthusiastic supporter of its ecological benefits and wider implications. Smith set up his 20 acre farm for $20,000 + $1,000/year annual rent, and shows how the reader can do this too.

Through his biography which intertwines with information about ocean farming, Smith shows how he came to the conclusion that ocean farming will be needed necessary to feed the world’s growing population as climate change brings heat and drought. For him, the only un
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John
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Compelling read. Smith weaves a few different storylines and points together well (his story, ocean aquaculture, history of eating sea greens, environmentalism and climate change, and others). His case for the future of ocean farming is laid out well and very clear. Only criticism is a few passages from the beginning felt like they were repeated verbatim from the beginning, but it was minor and the points he reiterated were important.

Highly recommend for those interested in seafood, climate chan
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Kate
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bren Smith makes a very compelling argument for using a new industry, comprised of small farms in our oceans and waterways, to provide a crossover means of employment for fishermen and a chain of jobs on land pertaining to the processing and distribution of the food. Contained in his thesis is the looming crisis of land and water vs. food, the environmentally damaging practices of agriculture and aquaculture, and the benefits of growing things that can feed themselves. These seaweeds and shellfi ...more
Phil
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
An enjoyable but shocking read as told by a sea fisherman turned ocean farmer. Those that think global warming is a hoax will do themselves well by reading this enhanced work of art. Over fishing, pollution, and complete ignorance by man is destroying what man has always cherished and that is the sea. Seems the slowest to change is America, always has always will. New Foundland is the place to be! With their deep history in sea life, both good and bad, Bren Smith is has taken a bold step, indeed ...more
Mary
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, nature, science-y
I saw this on the "new books" shelf and was intrigued because someone I know works in this field and is super depressed about the oceans, and we all should be concerned. The beginnings of this book were the best parts - his years working on boats, working super hard. Then the oceans get fished out and he begins to convert to farming in the ocean, specifically, in the end, growing seaweed, which we should call sea vegetables, so that more people will eat them. There's a lot in here about climate ...more
Willow
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this author’s voice. His story is intriguing and raw. It has an excellent mix between being enlightening about climate change issues, and hopeful about solutions and adaptations. I connected with the gritty writing style and sense of humor. I think the word “authentic” really sums up this book. It focuses primarily on commercial fishing culture and restorative ocean farming. Smith bounces between a lot of careers and academic programs, doing an undergrad and going to law school, but alway ...more
Gabriella Cisneros
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-grad-23
An exciting memoir weaving between the author's life, the history of humans hunting the sea, and our hopeful future relying on more sustainable sea-based farming methods. Smith's voice is strong and grounded, and his personal stories prove that if he can do all that he has with as little as he had, the least you can do is buy some kelp at Whole Foods once in a while.
Joey Bryan
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome look at aqua farming from the perspective of a “salt of the sea” fisherman. I loved the down to earth attitude and practical solutions and look at the industry. I feel inspired and excited to eat more kelp, shellfish, and other tasty ocean filters out there!
Joan Connell
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was intrigued by the title and the concept, but a little disappointed by the narrative itself.
Quinn Beckstead
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Any book that can make me reevaluate my life deserves 5 stars. This takes on so much- part memoir, part climate change cry for help, as well as a guide for your own ocean farm. I loved it
Lucy
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
have already emailed Chef Michael about getting sea veggies on the menu at the sub
Susan
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, inspiring.
Laura Chase
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Being a member both of a local csa & csf, I loved the idea of Kelp & seagreens as an alternative to traditional land grown vegetables
Leslie Poulos
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Fascinating life, well written, and so informative!
Megan
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I love how he shares his journey with us to get a full understanding of how he got to where he is now. I am even more interested in exploring ocean greens than I was before reading.
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