If you can get past the slightly slow and dry narration, the content is incredibly fascinating. As with most things in this world, one never knows how deep the iceberg reaches below the surface of the blissfully ignorant status quo until a diver/researcher takes you to the base of the thing. So it is with fish, aquaculture, societal norms, etc.
This great book will educate you about what is going on in our beautiful ocean. Paul informs us about what we have done and where we will be if we don't stop or even slow down our actions through stories he has lived from a very young age.
Highly recommended. Excellent narration, compelling and important topic. One learns a great deal of science, policy and history in a most enjoyable format. Started giving the book to friends. As an audiobook this edition works beautifully - very well done.
yes, and I have. There is so much information here and written in an entertaining way that I enjoyed listening to it several times. The narration was very good.
it made me aware and made me think about the amount of fish that is taken from the seas and rivers every day. I wonder how it will affect the amount of food available for the future if we do not change our ways and think about sustainability....
I loved to learn about animals and their behaviors etc and this book did not disappoint.
his personal life and how it is intertwined with fishing
Can 4 fish survive with help from the very same species set out to destroy them ?
would love to read more from this author
I had read and heard about current situations of the ocean environment and fish industry here and there in newspapers and magazines. They weren't positive. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to know the reality. The book was on my wish-list for awhile, and I was putting it off. I finally took the plunge and listened to it. Unlike the books written by environmentalists or activists (not that anything is wrong about that), the fact that the author is a guy who simply enjoyed fishing since childhood made the narratives more haunting. His research is extensive but his motivation very personal, which makes good reading. Did this book made me stop eating fish? Not quite. Do I think about whether to eat fish or not frequently? Definitely. The problem is not just fish though. The way we humans are changing the environment is just so fast, compared to the time scale of the rest of human history. The author does not talk about that, but the book makes me FEEL this urgency. But I would rather be aware of all this.
Greenberg gives us the history and ecology of four fish we eat: Salmon, Sea Bass, Cod and Blue Fin Tuna. Basically we have destroyed the natural habitat and wild varieties of these fish, and we are now raising them in controlled environments. Some of this is working, some is not, but a lot of progress is being made. Hopefully, with the exception of the Blue Fin Tuna, we haven't fished them where they can't recover.
This was interesting at times. There is interesting information about the process of farming fish. There were also long periods of time that moved rather slow. We listened to it on a long road trip. I don't think I would have finished if I had been in a different setting.
Nothing I can think of
This is an informative, interesting and enjoyable read. Greenberg does a great job incorporating personal stories with scientific facts, making this a book that will appeal to all kinds of readers.The book focuses on the issue of man's relationship with the ocean and specifically four different representative fish: Salmon, Bass, Cod, and Tuna. Greenberg does an outstanding job of presenting the issue of over-fishing, farming fish and the future of fish. Greenberg makes you think about the fish you are eating and the fate of the "wild" fish in our oceans.
Paul Greenberg is a very good pop science writer. For someone with no expertise on the topic, he gathered an impressive cast of characters to lend weight to his stories and conclusions.
His conclusions about New England groundfish management is completely dated, as he claimed they have succeeded, where recent information has shown they failed in trying to control the populations of codfish in any meaningful way.
I was very interested by his discussions of fish farming; it's costs, benefits, and options for the future, but his conclusions about wild fish harvesting were not very realistic.
It is very apparent that although he is extremely curious, but he is prone to nostalgic idealism in face of contrary facts.
When I listened to this as a curious persons tale of discovery, I rank it high. When I rank him as a science writer, maybe a bit lower... he just needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
Overall, I rank this book highly. I'd read another book from Paul Greenberg.