Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Date: August 12, 2010

The Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004


Please join Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Pew Environment Group with award-winning writer Paul Greenberg for a lively discussion and book reading from his newest release: FOUR FISH: The Future of the Last Wild Food

In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, the fate of Gulf wildlife hangs in the balance. For large fish like Atlantic bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna, swordfish and others that depend on the Gulf as spawning grounds, gushing oil and toxic chemical dispersants could result in the loss of an entire generation—and that’s probably the best-case scenario. This catastrophe comes at an already-crucial moment in our relationship with the seas. More than ever before, we are depending on fish as a source of food, but our current commercial fishing and fish farming practices are far from sustainable. As a result, many species have been pushed to the brink of extinction.

In his new book, FOUR FISH: The Future of the Last Wild Food, award-winning writer and lifelong angler Paul Greenberg examines our delicate relationship with our last truly wild food source. As large-scale commercial fishing, extensive fish farming, and questionable environmental standards have severely distressed water ecosystems, it’s possible that future generations may never eat wild fish.

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