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Bottomfeeder

by Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 21, 2008 | Hardcover

Bottomfeeder is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Just when opting for omega-three-rich seafood is recognized as one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics and collapsing fish stocks. In a world of endangered cod, pirate-caught Chilean sea bass and sealice-infested salmon, can we really continue to order the catch of the day in good conscience?

Bottomfeeder is a seafood lover’s round-the-world quest for a truly decent meal. From strip mall Red Lobsters to the rotary sushi bars of Tokyo, Taras Grescoe travels to the end of the seafood supply chain and back. He pulls up lobster traps in Nova Scotia, grills three-star Michelin chefs in Manhattan and visits British Columbia’s salmon farms with a guerrilla ecologist. Sampling poisonous pufferfish in Japan and live, drunken shrimp in China, Grescoe discovers how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices and global warming are affecting the fish that end up on our plates

Bottomfeeder is a balanced and practical guide to eating -- the first book, in fact, to provide readers with a clear explanation of how to choose the best fish for our environment and our bodies.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.56 × 6.44 × 1.2 in

Published: April 21, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002007819

ISBN - 13: 9780002007818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for all Piscivores Mr. Grescoe presents the reader with a well researched study on the well being of our oceans and the sea life it supports. It's unfortunate that in too many cases if a report card were to be issued many of the grades would not be passing. As he travelled the seafood capitals of the world, he spoke with fisher persons of all sorts. Those who work from shore with nets, on huge trawlers, in fish markets, in aquaculture and finally those who continue to study the fish and the methods used to capture and reproduce them. He discusses several methods of fishing which have varied and differing impacts on the fish populations. His findings: individual lines have the least impact, while dynamite and cyanide are incredibly destructive. You will have to read the book to find out the intimate details. Much discussion centres on the trophic level the fish feeds at. The higher the trophic level , the more concentrated the pollutants, such as mercury in tuna. Eating from the lowest levels is a much better choice. Full discussion of trophic levels and their fish are included. I have not read such a detailed description of aquaculture previously. It covers so much more than the neat and tidy presentation I had at a local trout farm. There is a serious message under laying the whole book. The current state of our fisheries can not be maintained. The quotas are much too generous and are not being well policed. Something needs to change so we do not blindly follow the route of the mackerel, blufin tuna and cod that are already in deep peril. The final message of the book is that all hope is not lost. As piscivores (fish eaters) it is our responsibility to get informed and eat sensibly. For further information: Sustainable Seafood Canada . www.seachoice.org
Date published: 2008-07-20

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Bottomfeeder

by Taras Grescoe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.56 × 6.44 × 1.2 in

Published: April 21, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002007819

ISBN - 13: 9780002007818

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Just when opting for omega-three-rich seafood is recognized as one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics and collapsing fish stocks. In a world of endangered cod, pirate-caught Chilean sea bass and sealice-infested salmon, can we really continue to order the catch of the day in good conscience?

Bottomfeeder is a seafood lover’s round-the-world quest for a truly decent meal. From strip mall Red Lobsters to the rotary sushi bars of Tokyo, Taras Grescoe travels to the end of the seafood supply chain and back. He pulls up lobster traps in Nova Scotia, grills three-star Michelin chefs in Manhattan and visits British Columbia’s salmon farms with a guerrilla ecologist. Sampling poisonous pufferfish in Japan and live, drunken shrimp in China, Grescoe discovers how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices and global warming are affecting the fish that end up on our plates

Bottomfeeder is a balanced and practical guide to eating -- the first book, in fact, to provide readers with a clear explanation of how to choose the best fish for our environment and our bodies.

About the Author

TARAS GRESCOE is the author of the national bestseller The Devil’s Picnic; The End of Elsewhere, a book about the horrors of travelling; and Sacré Blues, winner of the Edna Staebler Award, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Book Award and the Mavis GallantPrize for Non-Fiction. He is a Montreal-based journalist whose work appears in such publications as The New York Times and National Geographic.
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