The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town

The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town

Mark Kurlansky


The bestselling writer of Cod, Salt, and the massive Oyster has enthralled readers along with his incisive combination of culinary, cultural, and social background. Now, in his such a lot colourful, own, and significant e-book thus far, Mark Kurlansky turns his awareness to a disappearing lifestyle: fishing–how it has thrived in and outlined one specific city for hundreds of years, and what its imperiled destiny capacity for the remainder of the world.

The tradition of fishing is vanishing, and as a result, coastal societies are altering in unparalleled methods. The as soon as thriving fishing groups of Rockport, Nantucket, Newport, Mystic, and plenty of different coastal cities from Newfoundland to Florida and alongside the West Coast were compelled to desert their roots and develop into vacationer locations as a substitute. Gloucester, Massachusetts, even though, is an extraordinary survivor. The livelihood of America’s oldest fishing port has continually been rooted within the existence and tradition of industrial fishing.

The Gloucester tale begun in 1004 with the arriving of the Vikings. 600 years later, Captain John Smith championed the bountiful waters off the coast of Gloucester, convincing new settlers to return to the realm and begin a brand new lifestyle. Gloucester turned the best fishery in New England, its humans prospering from the possible never-ending provide of cod and halibut. With the creation of a quicker fishing boat–the schooner–the flourished. within the 20th century, the coming of Portuguese, Jews, and Sicilians became the bustling middle right into a melting pot. Artists and writers reminiscent of Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and T. S. Eliot got here to the fishing city and located inspiration.

But the important lifetime of Gloucester was once being threatened. Ominous indicators have been noticeable with the improvement of engine-powered net-dragging vessels within the first decade of the 20th century. As early as 1911, Gloucester fishermen warned of the dire outcomes of this new expertise. considering the fact that then, those vessels became even better and extra effective, and at the present time the ensuing overfishing, in addition to weather swap and toxins, portends the extinction of the very species that fishermen depend upon to outlive, and of a lifestyle certain not just to Gloucester yet to coastal towns around the globe. And but, in keeping with Kurlansky, it doesn’t must be this manner. Scientists, govt regulators, and fishermen are attempting to determine advanced formulation to maintain fishing alive.

Engagingly written and packed with wealthy historical past, scrumptious anecdotes, colourful characters, and native recipes, The final Fish story is Kurlansky’s so much pressing tale, a heartfelt tribute to what he calls “socio-diversity” and a lament that “each tradition, each one lifestyle that vanishes, diminishes the richness of civilization.”

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