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Hooked: A True Story of Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish Paperback – 1 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: ORION (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741143888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741143881
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,263,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Knecht is a senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the author of The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race (Allen & Unwin, 2001). His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Barron's, and Conde Nast Traveler. A graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School, he has also been a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University. He currently lives in New York City.

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Excellent read. Obviously a true story but so interesting from all points of view. I agree that fishing must be controlled but was all this expense really necessary ?. Surely there must be an easier way to control overfishing but without involving zealots such as greenpeace etc.
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What is it about the toothfish that makes it such a valuable catch? Perhaps you have never heard of the name before. I know I hadn't until I read this book. But it might be likely that I have tried it, under a different name. My interest with fish lies in my being a consumer, like any good Spaniard. I also like to walk in the fish market in my seaside town on NW Spain to see the different kinds of fish. So what about this book? It is very good. It's a real story about fishermen who go wherever and do whatever it takes to get their catch: the toothfish. When a particular boat is poaching in Australian waters they get caught, and a long (I mean long) persecution ensues between Australian authorities and the fishing boat. This story took place in 2003, but the author goes step by step, explaining where and how the toothfish was "discovered", how it came to be such a valuable catch and why restaurants in the US buy it. It is interesting, you learn about what a big business fishing really is, and how big money contributes to soothe one's scruples about abiding by the law.
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I read this 'true' story whilst on board the Falkland Island's Fishery Protection vessel 'Dorada', which gets a brief mention in the book, although GBK's research, however thorough, missed out the startling fact that by necessarily extending her patrol to join 'Southern Star' in this wildest of goose chases meant running out of grog - anathema to her crew! Nevertheless, to borrow Commodore Warwick's description of QE2's encounter with the famous 90 ft wave in 1995, 'Hooked' is a 'white-knuckle ride' from start to finish. No doubt the fact that I could so well relate with all it's characters added to the adrenalin in my case, but if you have any interest and/or knowledge of fish, commercial fishing or just 'the sea' in general, then this is the book for you.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98c1b630) out of 5 stars 45 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98284300) out of 5 stars Don't order fish from a restaurant menu until you read this! 16 May 2006
By R. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When was the last time you ordered fish at a restaurant? Have you ever wondered how those fish got there? How about Chilean Sea Bass? My wife and I have ordered it dozens of times. Very tasty. One of my favorites. Once you read "Hooked", you might want to reconsider. "Hooked" is an adventure tale of how our oceans are being stripped of fish in unenlightened ways. This book is fascinating reading as fast paced as an adventure novel. I guarantee you'll enjoy it and learn so much about things you never knew about--fish, our oceans, ice, maritime laws. Every person who has ever ordered fish from a restaurant should read it. I highly recommend it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98284354) out of 5 stars When Will We Run Out of Fish 29 May 2006
By Rick Spell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book detailing an illegal fishing expedition in Australian water resulting in a forced boarding after a lengthy chase to north of South Africa, as well as the resulting trial. But that is not the most interesting story of the book. The author details the discovery of Chilean Sea Bass (bass? what a joke), the marketing angle, and the subsequent ecological tragedy as the sea beds are over fished in 15 years. The author did excellent research and tells this compelling tale while teaching the reader about the fishing industry, legal and illegal, and the current state of our fishing beds. One concern I have about the book is it is somewhat disjointed as he jumps from country to country at one point adding in a story of a fishing company owner living in America who is arrested for importing fish illegally caught. Also, in many respects the trial at the end of the book is very anti-climatic.

Overall though, this is a very interesting book where you will learn quite a bit about the fishing industry and problems with our supplies of fish.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98284630) out of 5 stars GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS 4 May 2006
By apg/drs - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect fish? This is the perfect book! Hooked is part pirate chase, part history, part courtroom drama, and part musings on globalization. And it is incredible. Knecht somehow threads disparate stories together to tell a tale about the consequences of an advertising executive's decision to change the name of Patagonian toothfish to Chilean Sea Bass, and the resultant mania it caused. Basically, sophisticated urban diners search for the new, new thing combined with a fish so oily that inexperienced chefs could not over-cook it results in... the worlds longest pirate chase.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98284528) out of 5 stars Combines culinary history with a world-wide chase to document the fading Chilean Sea Bass 17 Aug. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
HOOKED: PIRATES POACHING AND THE PERFECT FISH promises much for a wide audience, from those interested in fishing to others researching modern-day pirating and the politics of the sea. The explosive world-wide demand for popular fish has all but fostered over-fishing and all but condoned seafood piracy: HOOKED combines culinary history with a world-wide chase to document the fading Chilean Sea Bass, a prehistoric-looking fish with the richness of tuna and the texture of butter. It's hard to place this rich text: part culinary history, part social inquiry, largely environmental exploration - it also fits under 'True Adventure'. Many will find it compelling.

Diane C. Donovan

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HASH(0x98284b70) out of 5 stars GREAT read... 14 Dec. 2013
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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Having just returned from a fishing adventure driving all over Canada, Alaska and Prince of Wales Island this book really hit home.

The SAD truth is there are too many mouths to be fed and plenty of "pirates" willing to risk life and limb (and jail time) to rape the ocean to bring the fish to market. Incredible true story.

Should be required reading in all high schools.
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