12 good non-fiction books about fish

  1. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenburg (read a review here.)
  2. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
  3. On the Run: An Angler’s Journey Down the Striper Coast by David Dibendetto
  4. Giant Bluefin by Douglas Whynott
  5. The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town by Mark Kurlansky
  6. The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts
  7. Tuna: A Love Story by Robert Ellis
  8. The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America: H. Bruce Franklin
  9. The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover
  10. The Empty Ocean by Richard Ellis
  11. 5 Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems by Daniel Pauly
  12. Striper Wars: An American Fish Story by Dick Russell

Beach Chair Scientist also has list of great movies, fiction books and blogs about the sea!

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  1. Thanks for the reminder! I still need to read Cod.

  2. one of my favorites is “Song of the Blue Ocean” by Carl Safina

  3. Linda Greenlaw’s books are pretty fantastic, too (The Hungry Ocean and The Lobster Chronicles are the ones I’ve read)… I guess they’re less about fish than they are about fishing, but still. Also Trevor Corson’s The Secret Life of Lobsters, though obviously not about fish, is some of the best marine life nonfiction out there.

    I’ve really enjoyed perusing your archives this morning; keep up the great posting!


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