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The End Of The Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat [Kindle Edition]

Charles Clover
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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We have reached a pivotal moment for fishing, with seventy-five percent of the world's fish stocks either fully exploited or overfished. If nothing is done to stop the squandering of fish stocks the life of the oceans will face collapse and millions of people could starve.

Fish is the aspirational food for Western society, the healthy, weight-conscious choice, but those who eat and celebrate fish often ignore the fact that the fishing industry, although as technologically advanced as space travel, has an attitude to conservation 10,000 years out of date. Trawling on an industrial scale in the North Sea takes 16 lbs of dead marine animals to produce just 1lb of sole. Regulation isn't working, fishermen must cheat or lose money, dolphins and other wildlife (seabirds, turtles, sharks) are killed unnecessarily and fish stocks are collapsing despite the warnings.

The End of the Line looks at the problem and proves that we, as consumers, have to change if the situation is to improve.

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"It is a rare book that changes one's life...a shocking book about the effects of industrial fishing" -- Andrew Marr, Start the Week

"a blazingly powerful indictment" -- Sunday Telegraph

"a revealing and well-paced book...but, more than that, this is an important book" -- Glasgow Herald

"anyone who loves fish will be fascinated, appalled and challenged by this book...eating fish will never be the same again" -- Country Life

"blazingly powerful indictment" -- Sunday Telegraph

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Now in paperback, this highly acclaimed book looks at the disastrous impact of overfishing, and how it will change your life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at the real Captain Birds Eye 2 Aug. 2004
By A Customer
I first heard about this book on BBC Radio 4's 'Start The Week' where Andrew Marr described it as one of the few recent books that had left him feeling furious. Marr was spot on. This book sets out clearly the full ruthless horror that is industrial fishing and the irreversible damage it has been inflicting on the world's seas. How many of us know anything of modern fishing and still think of fishermen as quaint and harmless Captain Birds Eye? The seas and their increasingly desperate situation have gone largely unnoticed compared to land based farming and the state of our countryside. Hopefully this book will be a marine version of 'Silent Spring' and help bring about some form of solution. But as the book shows, solving this situation will be no easy task when faced with the comic nightmare that is the political, bureaucratic, commercial and scientific system trying to manage the seas and fishing. The book ends with a helpful guide to choosing which fish are okay to eat and those fish for which the situation is increasingly bleak and should therefore be avoided at all costs. The book is very accessible and written by the Daily Telegraph's environment editor. A must for anybody concerned with the state of our world's environment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with caution! 10 Mar. 2006
By A Customer
Working for a fisheries enforcement agency, I found myself agreeing with most of what Mr Clover has written and would heartedly recommend it to those with an interest in the marine environment. Sadly, the narrative does wander and looses focus near the end. There are a few errors that pedants could pick up (claiming that Greenland Halibut is also known as Turbot for example) but there were two big points I disagreed with the author on. Firstly, he is very negative on the use of Satellite Monitoring in Fisheries Control, which has really become an effective tool over the last few years - sadly, UK courts will often disregard this and the views of expert witnesses. Secondly, he touts the use of Blue Whiting as a replacement for Cod. With ICES now calling for a ban on Blue Whiting fishing to the ludicrously high weights of fish caught (Norway alone have an individual quota of 1 million tons which is the total quota ICES have recommended!) This is another fishery we could well leave alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The title does not look firstly as tantalizing as what all these pages really contain. You should really take a look inside and you will very probably realize how good this book is.
The End Of Line is definitely one of the best non-fiction books I have bought in the last couple of years. Here you can read what is really happening in the oceans worldwide. People often do not care much for what they don't see, but the consequences of what they (we) are letting happen to the fish resources are terrible.
Mr. Clover explains in a very professional and passionate way the crimes (the word is not an exageration) commited by such countries as Spain and the rest of the European Union, by Japan and many others, in their pursuit of profit: depleting the fish resources of many poor countries, bribing and coercing the government of those countries to let them do what they want with the fish, hiding reports to the public opinion. What the EU is doing about controls is really a bad joke.
We consumers need to wake up. Yes, eating fish is good for your health. Now, if no radical change takes place in the way we are destroying the oceans' biological resources, we are going to be in real trouble in the future and the next generations more so.
This all sounds pretty dramatic and it really is.
Thanks, Mr. Clover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake-up call 22 April 2014
This well researched and passionate book eloquently tells the story of how, in just a few decades, we managed to bring the oceans at the verge of ecological disaster. Three quarters of all marine fish species are at the brink of, or actually below, sustainable population levels. The oceans have already lost more than 90 per cent of large predatory fishes and it is estimated that by mid-century all species currently fished will be extinct. As a naturalist who enjoyed David Attenborough’s BBC documentaries in this childhood I am deeply shocked at the status of our oceans as described in this book. Equally shocking is the detailed elucidation of the systemic political and economical forces behind this shameless exploitation of this irreplaceable resource. This book is a wake-up call. If we do not act now, as consumers, voters, and political activists, then the damage to these invaluable ecosystems will be total.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and informative 27 Jun. 2010
By Zanga
I thought that Clover really got his teeth into the topic of the crisis of our fisheries. The book is packed full of hard hitting facts that are eloquently presented by a thoughtful writer.
I have to admit a certain bias that I work in fisheries management myself, and so already had a standing interest in the subject. However, even though the book is aimed at the general public I found plenty inside to keep me interested, despite the fact that I disagree strongly with his commendations that the European Union needs to privatise the sea if they are to be properly managed.

This aside I thought it was an excellent work of non-fiction. If you want to know more about the disastrous plight of wild marine life then look no further.
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Published 6 months ago by huh
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for marine biology students or anyone concerned about the...
This book was recommended to me whilst studying marine biology. I read it from cover to cover over a few days. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I agree with the message of this book,and it did provide a lot of relevant facts regarding the state of the oceans today. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read and makes you think
This book is well written and the first few chapters are a really good read, and in many ways makes you think about what goes on that we neither see or often care about. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Buddha Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, if a little outdated
This was the first book I read on over-fishing and marine conservation, and I would recommend it if you want an outsiders view on the global fishing industry. Read more
Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by F. G. Lelliott
1.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically inaccurate doomsday scenario.
Sensationalism sells, as they say and it is an unfortunate reflection of the world today that despite that huge amount of research and data that is publicly available at the touch... Read more
Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by Sardinius
5.0 out of 5 stars A convincing read
I purchased this book last year and found it to be an excellent read. As a wannabe vegetarian who still eats seafood I found this book very good in helping me to identify those... Read more
Published on 8 Jun. 2010 by V. Formosa-hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the line - for what
This book may be described as a wake up call - one that many have already had.
It demonstrates clearly one or two of the main issues we face in even starting to get to grips... Read more
Published on 7 Jun. 2010 by John P. Longfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than Stephen King. Changed my life
... well at least my shopping habits. Every politician should read this. Hats off to an author who has managed to make a book on fishing exciting and illuminating rather than... Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by B. Stark
4.0 out of 5 stars A scary and eye-opening book
While I have seen the price of fish rise and rise over the years, going from humble food status to a virtual luxury, I had not realised it was due to such bad stock depletion. Read more
Published on 5 May 2010 by K. Maxwell
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