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This review is from: American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood (Hardcover)
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Paul Greenberg has apparently found his voice as an ichthylogical advocate, and has followed up his excellent 'Four Fish' with another book that involves three. The strength of 'American Catch' is its locovore leitmotif, three species that represent many of the ills that have befallen our food supply, food chain, ecosystems, eating habits, and eating habitats.
If we managed to reintroduce edible oysters to the New York City area, we could achieve several things, firstly, cleaner water, as these ancient bivalves filter fifty gallons a day each, and oystertectured shallows would mitigate both storm surges and rising seas. These calciferous reefs in turn harbor and shelter other species, so oysters are actually a keystone species, much like returning wolves to Yellowstone Park restored struggling trees by eating the deer that were eating the seedlings.
Tied into the coastal fate of oysters are salty tidal marshes that spawn a host of tasty piscines, and the most popular of all by weight, shrimp. We could grow all the shrimp we want here, but instead farm it out to Asia and China. The air in China is bad, the water is atrocious, and yet here we are eating shrimp, tilapia and catfish farmed there.
Finally, Mr. Greenberg covers Bristol Bay in Alaska, home to the last great salmon run, and the competing interests of mining corporations who promise to 'get it right this time.' In all a good book, and with some solutions presented, it's not all doom and gloom, we can educate consumers, prod government, and protect what's left.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2015 10:18:48 AM PST
M. Swaney says:
What do you think are some common themes in this book? Also, what ways are the Govn'ts or NGO's implementing and/or lobbying for these solutions?
Posted on Jul 20, 2015 12:06:40 PM PDT
With respect to oysters, let us not forget oyster shells captivate a lot of CO2 converting it into CaCO3 of which all shellfish shells are made of.
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