Tuesday, April 19, 2011

World Without Fish Book Review and Giveaway 2 Winners

The book World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky is very knowledgeable and a great book for families to have. Its is so full of facts and information on how to live better with the waters around us to not only preserve animals but to preserve our food supply. For me is a bit odd to love fish since I did not eat anything other than canned tuna until I was about 20 years old. I would tell myself, "If I can swim with it I wont eat it!" Funny as a kid I never thought about tuna being from the ocean! As an adult I LOVE fish! I am allergic to shellfish so fish is the only option for me in the seafood category. My son adores fish and I am very thankful for that. My husband would eat crab, shrimp or lobster everyday if it was possible. I am am sure so many other families are the same way. We try to make the right choice for our seafood selections but this book has shown me I am not as fish friendly or informed as I thought.

This book is also about much more than the eating of fish but about the conservation of fish for other animals who rely on fish as a food source. Most people love dolphins, whales, sharks and other "cool" ocean animals but without the blue fin tuna and other fish humans love to consume they will not survive. Of course I m not saying to not eat tuna just eat the other varieties in moderation. I  think the book has a valid point of saying leave it for the animals we can find other fish to eat until the species finds it way back to thriving. I found it interesting that shark mature slowly and produce very few offspring, making it impossible to keep up with commercial fishing. I knew about albacore canned tuna being higher in mercury and other pollutants than regular tuna and I do try to avoid it, even though its tasty! Another thing I learned was about the heath benefits of sardines like being rich in omega 3. My husband always tries to get me to eat them and wants to give them to our son. Oddly I have never tried them but will definitely be tasting them in the future, not only for the health benefits but since they are in large amounts and readily available.

The book is for kids 9 years and up and for adults too. As a reader I liked the illustrations, the cartoon strips, and kid friendliness to a serious topic. Very easy to read and understand. The author Mark Kurlansky is a commercial fisherman and wrote the book with his young daughter in mind. I know it may sound cliche but children really are the future. I know I want my son when he is big enough to understand this knowledge to be aware if what we can do as consumers to make the oceans and the animals in it thrive.

This book is full of of great facts I could go on forever about all the stuff I learned but that would ruin the book for you! World Without Fish also covers pollution, climate change and information on how to eat seafood that is more sustainable.

Here is a list of some fun facts to share with your family from the book
10 Fascinating Fish Facts from World Without Fish 
(I found the part about Orange Roughy very interesting to share since I love it but have not bought it in a few years for the reasons stated in the book)
A video of Mark and his daughter discussing the book here. If you would like to hear Mark speak and have him sign your book you can visit him on his book tour. Dates and times are located here.


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