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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Greenberg Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have 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 investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian megafarms 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 makes clear how 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/19/2014

    " "To most people an animal is either food or wildlife. If a fish ends up in the market, humans will come to the obvious conclusion that it is food; they will then choose to eat it, even if they are warned that the fish is endangered or contaminated with mercury." p. 226 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sueper | 2/2/2014

    " A great book for anyone who likes to eat or catch fish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/22/2014

    " Ichthyophiles beware, this book is a bit of a downer. Sure, you've heard of overfishing, but you can't possibly be part of the problem, right? Well, fish is a food just as fraught with environmental-moral quandaries as anything to be found on land. Greenberg gives an overview of the modern problems of fish through four representative (and delicious!!) species, and the biology of the fish and their oft-attempted domestication is pretty fascinating stuff. As for the question of changing the world, man, it's going to be hard, and he doesn't seem to put much faith in individualistic purchase-power protests, instead insisting we've really got to lobby our governments to get more consistent protections for fish before their stocks are below retrievable levels. In any case, you're probably going to think twice about ordering that Toro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/13/2014

    " An important topic, an important book... all the more so because Greenberg writes about fish the way some people write about tragic romances. A must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alain | 12/30/2013

    " This book was absorbing, engaging book. I enjoyed learning about these four important food fish. The book explores efforts being made to replace them or save them from being eaten into extinction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gao Pronove | 12/24/2013

    " Not only a good story but highly educational. The author engages you in the questions that sustainable fisheries raise. Even weeks after reading the book I find myself pondering the issues he raised. A real eye opener too on the latest "solutions". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Wilson | 12/19/2013

    " Very well written and research, Crap . . . I used to love catching tuna before reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Almeda Riley | 12/2/2013

    " I read this book while touring the Olympic Peninsula, where salmon, one of the four fish, is an important target for rescue of habitat. I found it very interesting and informative about the culture of fish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/16/2013

    " Very informative book on the history of the 4 big fish we est and the reality of today's supply and demand. Interesting exploration into how fish get on our plates and how that has changed over the years. I recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/2/2013

    " Pretty good read and I still wanted to eat fish. It actually made me feel less guily about eating them, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/23/2013

    " Gives a nice overview and helps to explain some of the changes we've seen in our local fish market (like where did tilapia come from all of a sudden). Makes me want to read more on the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ehrrin | 3/15/2013

    " I only made it halfway through before needing to return it to the library--which isn't my norm. I blame summertime malaise and too much on the brain. That said, I found it pretty readable and interesting. I'll finish it eventually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beck | 12/18/2012

    " Very informative for someone like me--a complete novice to fishing and anything related to the current challenges with fishing. I had an easy time following along and there were plenty of anecdotes mixed in to keep me from feeling too overwhelmed by all the new info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/4/2012

    " It improved as it progressed, but still, I had hoped it would be a bit better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 12/28/2011

    " Sobering and well-researched look at the fragility of our food chain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krysta | 11/9/2011

    " I am glad that I read it for the facts alone. The writing needed help. I lost interest frequently. Mark Kurlansky's "Cod" was better by far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/19/2011

    " I really liked the tone of this book. Greenberg's own history of sport fishing and his thoughtful and often quite reserved voice worked for me. Thought the book was exceptionally well-organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting. Likes The Last Fish better...more "story" to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deena | 5/6/2011

    " So far interesting. But similar to books like this... Depressing that humanity is so destructive and how good we are at screwing up nature's ecosystems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaworu | 4/26/2011

    " Charming and informative book about humankind's relationship with its last wild food, and how to preserve it for future generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 4/24/2011

    " This is really incredibly well done, not only as a history of these fish, but of related species and how we deal with the future of seafood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/21/2011

    " This book presents investigations into the current status of four popular fish: salmon, bass, cod and tuna. Overall, this book is well researched and well written, and is recommended to anyone with an interest in food, fish, or nutrition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 4/13/2011

    " The author makes a convincing case for some measures which must be taken to preserve the wild stocks and to promote responsible fish farming methods worldwide. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 4/4/2011

    " Very informative, often surprising look at the fishing industry. It didn't always hold my interest, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Falbs | 3/25/2011

    " I'm really glad I read this one. A sideways look at the fish farming industry that is interesting in its own right, but leaves me wanting to find out more about the health of the oceans on a much larger scale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 3/15/2011

    " I read Cod, I read A History of the World in Six Glasses, it only made sense to read this one. Good, not great, a bit depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilee | 3/5/2011

    " Raises more issues than suggestions (it provides a few), but an interesting and informative read about one huge part of our food system that doesn't get nearly enough attention. "

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About the Author

Paul Greenberg has been fishing since childhood and writing for the New York Times, National Geographic, and GQ since adulthood. In 2005, his New York Times Magazine article on Chilean Sea Bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Award for excellence in food journalism. Greenberg has also received both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a Food and Society Policy Fellowship. He lives in Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.