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The End of the Line: How Over-fishing is Changing the World and What We Eat Hardcover – 1 Jul 2004
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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
Now in paperback, this highly acclaimed book looks at the disastrous impact of overfishing, and how it will change your life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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
Mankind has a last opportunity to prove that he is not so stupid that he will destroy his own chance of a future - reading Clover's account of how EU bureaucrats and government "scientists" and politicians go about ensuring that we have sustainable stocks of fish does not give me any grounds for optimism. Clover has done a splendid job in appealing for common sense and action, but I fear that his warning will not be heeded.
Every chapter is full of interest and examples of day-to-day fishing malpractices that illustrate so well the environmental madness that dominates this industry and the self-interest of those who form fishing policy. We are left in no doubt that the EU is one of the worst offenders. Did you know that it is estimated that about half the cod and haddock landed in the UK falls outside the fishing quotas, i.e. is stolen from you and me?
Charles Clover also puts forward well-argued case for allocating fishing rights for areas of ocean to escape from the "Tragedy of the Commons".
If you have an environmental conscience, you should read this book - and you'll probably adjust your fish buying habits. (See Andrew Marr's review quotes on the cover)
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