I normally don’t blog about books I haven’t read, but I was just browsing around Amazon and found this book, which I think is going to be a very important read.
End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and What we Eat was written by Charles Clover, a British environmental journalist and environment editor of London’s Daily Telegraph has researched the issue extensively.
The book, first published in Great Britain, was revised and updated for North American readers. Clover discusses the collapse of New England’s fisheries and the absence of cod in Newfoundland. He courageously pins the blame on the lack of oversight and enforcement of fishery regulations, the indiscriminate trawling that goes on throughout the world’s oceans, the lack of good science on the issue, and celebrity chefs with endangered species on their menus.
He even points the finger at the general public for not paying attention to the source of the seafood they consume. I find it a bit hard to blame the general public – because the awareness of the overfishing problem is so low. It’s rarely talked about in the media. How are people, who are bombarded by thousands of megabytes of information from every direction, every day supposed to know that this is happening? There aren’t documentaries on overfishing, it’s not covered on 20/20, and it’s not a problem that’s visible. People can’t see that fish stocks are dwindling to dangerously low levels. You can go on Safari and see that game parks are protecting the animals, but there still aren’t many leopards. You can’t look at the surface of the ocean and see the vast emptiness in places that were once teeming with fish.
It’s books like this one that will bring attention to the issue. I’m looking forward to reading it because it sounds compelling and I hope to be inspired with new ways to communicate the overfishing issue in a way that will make people take it seriously.