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In the end, the picture not as bleak as it might be. Greenberg is also excited about community supported fisheries, which link fishermen directly with consumers and are just recently becoming very popular in fishing communities around the country.
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City oysters: the ones in restaurants and markets, which have been farmed elsewhere and imported; and the ones and live in the harbor, diseased, and staggeringly reduced from their former numbers. When the Dutch first arrived in the area in the 1600s, the estuary was not only abundant with oysters but the natural oyster reefs partially formed Ellis and Liberty islands, as well as seawalls that protected the harbor. Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, would not have done nearly the damage had those natural seawalls not been dredged away.
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Throughout the book, Greenberg takes us along on his travels, introducing us to crusty old shrimpers, fish mongers, Native American elders, and inner city school children (from New York Harbor School).
The second chapter is mostly about Louisiana shrimperies, but also how shrimp in general the story of the unraveling of the entire American seafood economy. Greenberg writes, years ago, 70 percent of our shrimp was wild and most of it hailed from the Gulf of Mexico. Today, 90 percent of our shrimp is farmed and imported, mostly from Asia. In fact, American seafood imports have increased 1,476 percent over the last half century. for consumption. And here is where Greenberg takes off his reporter hat and dons his fishermen advocate cap (literally, in an encounter with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O In the final pages, Greenberg argues against the proposed gold and copper Pebble Mine of Alaska Bristol Bay, which would have a disastrous impact on the 5.3 million pounds of seafood a year produced in those waters.
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