End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat

End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat

by Charles Clover


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ISBN-13: 9781595581099
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/13/2006
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles Clover is a journalist and the environment editor of the Daily Telegraph in London. The End of the Line has received the Guild of Food Writers' Derek Cooper Award for
Investigative Journalism, the Zoological Society for London's Biosis award for communicating zoology, and a special commendation from the André Simon Memorial Fund Book Awards.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Price of Fish     1
Nailing the Lie     7
Feeding Frenzy     24
Robbing the Poor to Feed the Rich     41
Sea of Troubles     54
Mighty Seaman     69
The Last Frontier     86
The Inexhaustible Sea?     97
After the Gold Rush     119
Law and the Commons     141
The Slime Trail     165
Dining with the Big Fish     183
Death in a Can     198
Problem of Extinction     214
Death of the Cowboy     228
Don't Feed the Fish     252
A Rod to Beat Them With     270
McMeals Forever     280
Burning the Midnight Oil     297
The Theft of the Sea     315
Reclaiming the Sea     328
Choosing Fish: A Guide     337
Acknowledgments     343
Glossary     347
Bibliography     351
Further Reading     359
Web Sites     361
Index     363

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End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bexaplex on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book started out irritating me, and I think it was the brassy holier-than-thou attitude ("Tsukiji may be one of the few fish markets in the world that does not smell of fish... But Tsukiji stinks all the same, for its daily trade is pushing bluefin tuna daily closer to extinction" [p.34]). In the second chapter the author complains loudly about the trade in bluefin tuna (the western atlantic stock is listed as critically endangered, and the eastern atlantic stock is listed as endangered by IUCN) and then proceeds to have some bluefin tuna sashimi for breakfast. However, I started warming to him (despite his poor breakfast choices and awful Adrian Monk publicity photo) and did learn some interesting stuff about the world's fishing industries. Here's where I laughed out loud and genuinely started liking the book (he's talking about an unpublished paper about bycatch in the Spanish tuna fleet): "The observers also noted the scientific names, in Latin, of the species caught as bycatch. I looked up the common names with growing disbelief. It amounted to almost the entire cast list of Finding Nemo [he lists 5 species of sea turtles, 3 whale species including humpback, a great white shark, other sharks and rays, etc] On the bright side, they didn't catch any dolphins." [p. 211]. Ha!Villains that I knew nothing about: the system (or lack thereof) of prosecution for infractions in the EU and in international waters. The entire government of Spain, apparently. Government initiatives in Canada and Scotland that purport to retrain fisherman and decrease fishing capacity but instead create salmon farms and people who are chronically underemployed.Unlikely heroes: Unilever (owner of Birdseye and Gorton's), one of the original founders (with WWF) of the Marine Stewardship Council. Who knew? I think i'll buy more Birds Eye veggies next time I'm at the supermarket.
TheCatsMeow1 More than 1 year ago
This book, “The End of The Line”, by Charles Clover, a regular journalist helped me realize that  overfishing is occurring at an unsustainable rate. Technological advances, political indecisiveness, and commercial interests in the fishing industry have introduced a culture where fish stocks are being exploited far beyond their capacity to regenerate. Commercial fish may become extinct within our lifetimes. Critically endangered species of fish are still allowed to be fished. For example, the bluefin tuna’s stock is equivalent to the black rhino and yet, it is still being illegally caught and sold. Furthermore, there is even an oversupply problem in the current market as technological innovations have allowed entire schools of bluefin tuna to be caught at the same time. Developed countries are exploiting the fishing stocks of developing countries. In West Africa, fishing agreements are made with European, American, and Asian fleets because money is needed to build basic infrastructure like schools and hospitals. This comes at the expense of their own local fishing industry which operates at a much less industrialized level, even though much of their local economy is sustained by fisheries. Widespread corruption within developing countries allows many agreements to be shown off. There is a history of fishery mismanagement ever since the industrial revolution. Industrial fishing began during the late 1800s where steam-powered trawlers operated in Western Europe. Local fisherman noticed that fish populations were being systematically wiped out. Half the fishing fleet in the world was sunk in World War 2 and the opportunity to manage fisheries then was lost. Afterwards, scientific and mathematical models were developed to better understand fish. However, these were not taken seriously. The situation with the fish in the oceans is dire. The problem of overfishing are as follows: the catches of wild fish have peaked and are now in decline, rational fishery management is the exception rather than the rule, the most valuable fish is trawled to the point of extinction, the developed world is stealing from both the developing world and the future generations, and fish farming, the most viable alternative to aquaculture, has serious issues. Solutions that people can do: fish less today so we can harvest more fish in the future, eat less fish that is wastefully caught, become educated about fish so that we can reject fish caught unsustainably, and favour the most selective, least wasteful fishing methods. Laws that should be implemented in the future: give fisherman tradable rights to fish, create marine reserves, give regional fisheries bodies real power as they are preserving the populations in their local area, and let citizens take ownership of the sea. The book provided details about overfishing in many of the world's critical ocean habitats, such as the New England fishing grounds, west African coastlines, the European North Atlantic fishing grounds, and the ocean around Japan. The book concluded suggestions on how the nations of the world could engage in sustainable ocean fishing. This is a fantastic book to pick up to learn more about a growing problem that is not quite as well known as other environmental issues.