Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish

Monday, July 26, 2010

Writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg looks at the state of salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. In Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, he follows the path that takes these fish from the ocean to our dinner tables, and shows how we can start to heal the oceans and make sustainable seafood the rule rather than the exception.


Paul Greenberg

Comments [18]

Gene from NYC

The Salton Sea has an amazing ecology and history, and is one of the most astounding places I've been to. The dilemma of the SS is ongoing, with an amazing number of, uh, "issues" that get in the way of a viable solution . . .

And it's a huge migrant bird stop.

Jul. 26 2010 03:47 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Gene from NYC -- Thanks for the information. I was just wondering.

Jul. 26 2010 01:58 PM
Gene from NYC

Mike C:

Well, I recall a big gas station with a small, tawdry convenience store, some 10- 20 miles from the aptly named Bombay Beach.

They don't make a lot of money there, in those shanty-trailer parks that haven't been updated much since the 50s/60s.

A lot of people fish for dinner.

Jul. 26 2010 01:52 PM
Michelle from NYC

It would be great to hear more about the most humane ways to catch fish ... also how freezing wild caught fish affects the taste ...

Jul. 26 2010 01:42 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Mr. Greenberg mention the International Whaling Commission. I don't think they dealt w/this, but “Scientific American” recently had a story (, about how dead whales support important ecosystems, called "whale-fall communities," which host hundreds of marine species, some of which aren't found anywhere else. The article says, “...a consistent group of organisms depends on whale falls throughout the world's oceans.” So whaling has effects even beyond what it does to living whale populations.

Jul. 26 2010 01:41 PM
dboy from nyc

The Blue Ocean Institute has a free iPhone app named FishPhone which helps to make responsible fish choices at the market:

Jul. 26 2010 01:39 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Gene from NYC -- "basic diet for many of the people who survive to this day alongside the Salton Sea"?

Don't mean to sound critical, but they don't have grocery stores in that part of Southern California?

Jul. 26 2010 01:37 PM
David from Summit

I saw Harpoon caught swordfish at Wholefoods the other day -- and it was on sale. Is that a possibility?

Jul. 26 2010 01:36 PM
Scnex from Bx

I work in alaska in 95' in the beaver inlet where we new then the stocks were over fished due to the juvenile stocks and their undersized. The real aspects of fishing pollock was the roe. Ask about this aspect of over fishing....

Jul. 26 2010 01:31 PM
Laura from Brooklyn

How does flax seed compare to fish oil as a way to get more omega-3 into the diet? If people increased their consumption of flax seeds, would this help give people health benefits while also reducing the negative impact over fishing has?

Jul. 26 2010 01:28 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I haven't heard about driftnet fishing in a long time, but I don't remember hearing that it had been stopped either. Is it still going on?

Jul. 26 2010 01:27 PM
Michael Azerrad from Manhattan

You say that farmed salmon requires three pounds of wild fish for every pound of salmon produced. But surely even wild salmon consume a multiple of their own body weight in other fish. Right?

Jul. 26 2010 01:25 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC

What about mercury levels in wild vs. farmed fish? relevant or exaggerated hype?

Jul. 26 2010 01:21 PM
George from New Yok

Would your guest comment on how Omega 3 fish oil is impacting on the enviroment and fish populations?

Jul. 26 2010 01:21 PM
Michelle from Brooklyn

Why are sardines so hard to find in NY? (Fresh, of course). Because they are small, is it ok to assume that they are better options than farmed/threatened fish?

Jul. 26 2010 01:20 PM
Leonard from New York

In Hong Kong where I spent my childhood, we though of carps as a delicacy. Why wouldn't Americans eat carps now invaded into the Great Lake, instead of looking at it as a pest and invasive species?

Jul. 26 2010 01:15 PM
Gene from NYC

I never tell my friends: Tilapia is one of the only 4 fish that survive to this day in the Salton Sea. (It's the basic diet for many of the _people_ who survive to this day alongside the Salton Sea.)

Jul. 26 2010 01:12 PM
Robert from New York

The July 18, 2010 issue of New Scientist had the claim that, "One-third of fish on sale in the US is not the species it is sold as,..." Can this really be so?!! Would Mr Greenberg comment on this.

Jul. 26 2010 01:07 PM

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