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The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate

Lee Van Der Voo


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The fast-paced tale of the how the U.S. is privatizing the ocean, the human havoc it has wreaked on the seas, and the people who believe it is all worth it.
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  • Hardcover
    $61.65
ISBN: 9781250079107
ANNOTATION:
The fast-paced tale of the how the U.S. is privatizing the ocean, the human havoc it has wreaked on the seas, and the people who believe it is all worth it.

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The fast-paced tale of the how the U.S. is privatizing the ocean, the human havoc it has wreaked on the seas, and the people who believe it is all worth it.

Publisher Description

Gulf Wild, the first seafood brand in America to trace each fish from sea to table, emerged after the speckled grouper (star of fried fish sandwiches) fell off menus due to overfishing. The brand was born when the government divided rights to fish it among qualifying fisherman to fix the problem. Through traceability it has met burgeoning consumer demand for domestic, sustainable seafood, selling in boutique grocers and catapulting grouper from the hamburger bun to the white tablecloth. But the property rights that saved grouper also shifted control of ocean fish from public to private, adding a premium and forever changing the relationship between wild seafood and the people that eat it.

Rights-based fishing became national policy in 2010 in a push toward conservation and controls more than 50 percent of the value of American seafood. From aboard fishing vessels from Alaska to Maine, inside restaurants of top chefs, and the halls of Congress, journalist Lee van der Voo tells the story of people and places left behind in this era of privatization-a story that traces seafood dollars from U.S. docks to Wall Street. She explores methods that investors, equity firms, and seafood landlords have used to capture the upside of the sustainable seafood movement and why many people believe in them. She also explains why consumers don't have to buy sustainability from Wall Street or choose between the environment and their fisherman.

Author Biography

LEE VAN DER VOO is an award-winning journalist who writes about sustainability, food, policy and class. Her research has been funded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism as well as the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. On staff at InvestigateWest, the nonprofit journalism studio for the Pacific Northwest, her work has been featured among other places in The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, Slate, and High Country News. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1. Bering Sea . 'Monsanto on the ocean.' Chapter 2. Gulf Wild: How to make money in seafood just by watching TV Chapter 3. Kodiak, Alaska. A big squeeze, an ugly divorce Chapter 4. Gulf Wild: Conservationists reboot fishing Chapter 5. Inside Passage, Alaska. Sharecroppers of the sea Chapter 6. Gulf Wild: Traceable catch and the restaurant menu Chapter 7. Port Orford, Oregon; Pacific Ocean. Farm stand seafood and the left behind Chapter 8. Gulf Wild: Walmart, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the multimillion-dollar idea Chapter 9. Kake, Alaska. The new colonialism Chapter 10. Gulf Wild: White Collar Foodies Chapter 1 1. Southern Ocean, New Zealand. What ' s the worst thing that could happen? Chapter 1 2. Gulf Wild: An industry retools Chapter 13. New Bedford, Massachusetts. Foreign equity, domestic seafood Chapter 14. Gulf Wild: Chefs, fishermen, and policy wonks descend on Capitol Hill Chapter 15. Chatham, Massachusetts; Nantucket Sound. History and its outlaws Chapter 1 6. Gulf Wild: Tagged Chapter 17 . North Atlantic. A rare sight, and a remedy

Review

"Fascinating...a fast-paced, thorough account of the American sustainable seafood market's evolution over the past 25 years, touching on everything from the slow fish movement to how reality television shows such as Deadliest Catch have made the public aware of the dangers of crabbing during short, brutal seasons." --Hakai Magazine

"Takes an in-depth and honest look at the implementation of individual fishing quotas in the United States within the context of global adoption...van der Voo is a journalist who does not shy away from the real story of catch shares -- accolades as well as criticisms." --National Fisherman

"Bold, important, engaging, and intimate, The Fish Market will be especially appealing to readers who connect with environmental problems through personalized accounts." --Booklist

"What a great book! Journalist Lee van der Voo investigates the provenance of wild fish and the dismaying gentrification of the high seas, weaving the wonky details of politics and economics with big-hearted portraits of those who work the seas. "The Fish Market" is a fascinating addition to the literature of food." --Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us

"Everyone who eats seafood, is interested in the ocean, or just wants to know how our natural resources are divvied up needs to read The Fish Market... Van der Voo deftly weaves the stories of fishermen, fish mongers, and Wall Street with the orchestrated campaigns of the Charles Koch Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and NOAA, and how they paid NGOs, scientists, and celebrity chefs to support their cause. You will never see seafood in the same light again." --Kevin M. Bailey, marine scientist and author of Billion-Dollar Fish and The Western Flyer

"In The Fish Market, Lee van der Voo uses her gifts for storytelling and imbedded reporting to skillfully lay out the economic, environmental, and societal trade-offs of privatizing American commercial fishing. In a world where establishing sustainable seafood is essential, van der Voo paints a future that must balance the rights of the individual fisher with the more effective conservation practices of private enterprise. A timely page-turner of a book!" --James McClintock, author of A Naturalist Goes Fishing

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"What a great book! Journalist Lee van der Voo investigates the provenance of wild fish and the dismaying gentrification of the high seas, weaving the wonky details of politics and economics with big-hearted portraits of those who work the seas. "The Fish Market" is a fascinating addition to the literature of food." --Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us "Everyone who eats seafood, is interested in the ocean, or just wants to know how our natural resources are divvied up needs to read The Fish Market ... Van der Voo deftly weaves the stories of fishermen, fish mongers, and Wall Street with the orchestrated campaigns of the Charles Koch Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and NOAA, and how they paid NGOs, scientists, and celebrity chefs to support their cause. You will never see seafood in the same light again." --Kevin M. Bailey, marine scientist and author of Billion-Dollar Fish and The Western Flyer "In The Fish Market, Lee van der Voo uses her gifts for storytelling and imbedded reporting to skillfully lay out the economic, environmental, and societal trade-offs of privatizing American commercial fishing. In a world where establishing sustainable seafood is essential, van der Voo paints a future that must balance the rights of the individual fisher with the more effective conservation practices of private enterprise. A timely page-turner of a book!" --James McClintock, author of A Naturalist Goes Fishing

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The fast-paced tale of the how the U.S. is privatizing the ocean, the human havoc it has wreaked on the seas, and the people who believe it is all worth it.

Product Details

Author
Lee Van Der Voo
Short Title
FISH MARKET
Pages
288
Publisher
St. Martin's Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
1250079101
ISBN-13
9781250079107
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Year
2016
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate
Illustrations
Includes black-and-white photographs throughout
Publication Date
2016-12-13
Audience
College/Higher Education