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Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish (2006)
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"On August 7, 2003, an Australian patrol boat initiated a chase that would lead halfway around Antarctica. The quarry was a single fishing boat loaded with Patagonian toothfish - better known as Chilean Sea Bass - but the stakes were global: the fate of a species, and control of the world's oceans." "Welcome to the new world of high-seas piracy. G. Bruce Knecht transports you to the bottom of the earth where a crew of rogue fishermen and their pursuers match wits and tempt disaster as they race through building-size waves, densely packed ice, and an obstacle course of icebergs in what became one of the longest pursuits in nautical history. And as the chase threatens to turn violent, Knecht relates the pirates' side of the story, explaining why they do not believe they have done anything wrong." "Hooked also chonicles the ascendance of Chilean Sea Bass - how a little-known California seafood merchant "discovered" the previously unwanted fish and invented its inaccurate but appealing name, and how chefs fell in love with the flakey white fish that became a best-selling dish at restaurants across America. Knecht approaches the story from every angle and explains how the populations of many of the world's most desirable fish are less than 10 percent of what they were fifty years ago." "From the Southern Ocean's most treacherous waters to the Northern Hemisphere's most fabulous kitchen's, Hooked is at once a thrilling tale and a popular history that shows why our tastes have all manner of unintended consequences for the world around us."--BOOK JACKET.
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