Friday, January 21, 2011

What We’re Reading at TNACI: Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

Every other month, TNACI Director Anna George leads an informal book club discussion with interested aquarium staff and volunteers on books covering a range of environmental topics.  Below is her quick book review...

The Aquarium’s Environmental Book Club met this past Wednesday to talk about a great book, Four Fish. Paul Greenberg, a lifelong fisherman, examines the toll that human consumption is having on our “last wild food.” Though the oceans were once thought to be limitless, the growing human population and our increasingly advanced technology have pushed many species to commercial, if not actual, extinction. With in-depth studies of salmon, Mediterranean sea bass, cod, and tuna, Greenberg covers the many challenges that our fisheries face, both farmed and wild. His practical conclusion offers some well-thought recommendations to how we should approach fisheries and aquaculture in order to sustain the supply.

Here's a link to the author's website:

Future book club gatherings will discuss:

March:  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. The book that started the environmental movement by addressing the ecological impact of pesticides.

May:  King of Fish by David Montgomery. The history of salmon in Europe and eastern North America and the future of salmon in western North America.

July:  The River Why by David James Duncan. A novel on fishing, living in harmony with nature, and seeking knowledge.

September:  Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber. An analytical memoir about the rise of cancer and and chemicals in the environment.

November:  The View from Lazy Point by Carl Safina. A discussion of the impacts of global change on marine life around the world.

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