Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

By Paul Greenberg

Our courting with the sea is present process a profound transformation. while simply 3 many years in the past approximately every little thing we ate from the ocean was once wild, rampant overfishing mixed with an extraordinary bio-tech revolution has introduced us to some extent the place wild and farmed fish occupy equivalent elements of a fancy and complicated industry. We stand on the fringe of a cataclysm; there's a specific threat that our children's little ones won't ever devour a wild fish that has swum freely within the sea. In 4 Fish, award-winning author and lifetime fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary trip, exploring the historical past of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and reading the place every one stands at this serious second in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic recommendations as soon as pioneered on sheep to develop thousands of kilos of salmon a yr. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to determine the single reasonable alternate qualified fishing corporation on the planet. He investigates the way in which PCBs and mercury locate their method into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went worldwide; demanding situations the writer of Cod to style the adaptation among a farmed and a wild cod; and virtually sinks to the ground of the South Pacific whereas looking for a substitute for endangered bluefin tuna. Fish, Greenberg finds, are the final actually wild nutrients - for now. by means of interpreting the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he indicates how we will begin to heal the oceans and struggle for a global the place fit and sustainable seafood is the guideline instead of the exception.

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But the most noticeable thing about the village of Turners Falls is that there are no falls. There is only a dam several hundred feet across that metes out water in greedy spurts to the rocks below. No plaque commemorates the damming or explains why the river’s progress was impeded in the first place. And there is no evidence whatsoever that before the dam the Connecticut River was an important salmon river, one of dozens of salmon rivers throughout New England and Atlantic Canada that made salmon an abundant wild staple for natives and early colonists alike.

Season by season I would take my surplus catch to the parking lot of my junior high and sell my fish out of the trunk of my mother’s Cordoba for a dollar a pound. The miserably paid teachers would crowd around, and by the end of a sales session I would have enough cash on hand to buy gas for the next trip out. The years of my boat and “my” ocean gave me a deep, atavistic belief in the resilience of nature. Even with the proximity of the Gatsbyesque mansions hugging the shorelines, the faint roar of I-95 audible as I cruised the bays, and all the other evidence of human civilization, Long Island Sound still felt to me like wilderness—a place to freely search out and capture wild game.

Francine Waska stood and smiled and took the packages and laid them on the deck of the boat. They were an ugly reminder of the way the world is going. Yellow foam backing. Plastic wrap. ” Francine appraised the packages. ” Ray nodded to the galley cook and reached down into a cooler. With one huge haul, he grabbed the king salmon and threw it up onto the ship’s deck, where it landed, shimmering beautifully, steel-colored in the watery sunlight. A pause. “Holy shit,” said the cook. He looked down at it and shuffled his feet and glanced at the frozen chicken he’d traded in return.

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