Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish

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Rodale, May 2, 2006 - Nature - 278 pages
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This modern pirate yarn has all the makings of a great true adventure tale and is also an exploration of the ways our culinary tastes have all manner of unintended consequences for the world around us.

Hooked
 is a story about the poaching of the Patagonian toothfish (known to gourmands as Chilean Sea Bass) and is built around the pursuit of the illegal fishing vessel Viarsa by an Australian patrol boat, Southern Supporter, in one of the longest pursuits in maritime history.

Author G. Bruce Knecht chronicles how an obscure fish merchant in California "discovered" and renamed the fish, kicking off a worldwide craze for a fish no one had ever heard of—and everyone had to have. And with demand exploding, pirates were only too happy to satisfy our taste for Chilean Sea Bass. 

Knecht—whose previous book The Proving Ground was hailed by Walter Cronkite as "a sailing masterpiece...a tale more thrilling than fiction"—captivates readers by deftly shifting among the story's nail-biting elements: The perilous chase at sea through frenzied winds, punishing waves, and an obstacle course of icebergs; the high-stakes environmental battle and courtroom drama; and the competitive battle among the world's restaurants to serve the perfect, flaky, white-fleshed fish.

From the world's most treacherous waters to its most fabulous kitchens, Hooked is at once a thrilling tale and a revelatory popular history that will appeal to a diverse group of readers. Think Kitchen Confidential meets The Hungry Ocean. 
 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Solid, gripping pirate-chasing adventure story interspersed with the story of the Patagonian toothfish (aka Chilean Sea Bass). Well-written, eye-opening and ultimately heartbreaking at the end. Worth a look. Read full review

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User Review  - Leah Weiser - Goodreads

Very informative book about illegal fishing and the history behind why we eat Antarctic toothfish, aka Chilean sea bass. Fast paced and read like a novel! Read full review

Contents

South Indian Ocean
1
Valparaiso Chile
5
South Indian Ocean
15
Los Angeles
29
South Indian Ocean
33
Los Angeles
45
Southern Ocean
51
Riviera Spain
59
South Atlantic Ocean
127
Bridgehampton New York
143
South Atlantic Ocean
159
Vancouver Canada
177
South Atlantic Ocean
187
Vancouver
201
South Atlantic Ocean
209
Near Cape Town
223

Southern Ocean
71
New York City
81
Southern Ocean
87
New York City
97
Southern Ocean
109
Cape Town South Africa
117
Perth Australia
235
Perth
261
Perth September 9 2005
267
Acknowledgments
273
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

G. BRUCE KNECHT is a New York-based writer for The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been published in the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times Magazine.

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