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See also: Feast of the Seven Fishes

Books about Fish and Shellfish

We're urged to eat fish for the Omega-3 Fatty acids and at the same time we are told that seafood is not a sustainable food source. Should one eat farmed fish or wild-caught fish? These books should help you make an informed choice.

Ellis, Richard
Tuna: A Love Story
QL638.S35 E45 2008
You might want to read this story about the wonderful hot-blooded tuna that is on the brink of extinction before you eat your next tuna sandwich or tuna sashimi.
Fagan, Brian M.
Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World
SH219.F34 2006
Fagan explores the influence that fishing, and the search for new fishing grounds to satisfy the demand for fish, had on the discovery of the New World by Europeans.
Franklin, H. Bruce
The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America
QL638.C64 F73 2007
The menhaden was the source of more fertilizer and oil than the whale, and the annual catch once exceeded that of all other fish put together. Franklin (American studies and English, Rutgers U.-Newark) compares those relatively benign days to now, when they are scooped up by the billions, ground up, and used up as animal food and lipstick. They are in danger, and so many are caught that other species starve for the lack of them in the oceans.
Greenberg, Paul
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
SH167.S17 G74 2010
Paul Greenberg, a fisherman and a journalist for the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, fears we've reduced the fish we consume to just four species: sea bass, cod, salmon, and tuna, and as a result we are overfishing them to the point where there will be none in the wild.
Grescoe, Taras
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
TX385.G68 2008
Is it possible to eat seafood without depleting the ocean's supply or polluting its waters?
Kurlansky, Mark
Cod: a Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
PN6071.C66 K87 1997
Cod is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic and it is the only reason they could. Also available also as a downloadable ebook. Other seafood books by Kurlansky include The Big Oyster and The Last Fish Tale.

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Web Sites

  • Harvard School of Public Health: Fish: Friend or Foe?
    "Fish is a very important part of a healthy diet. Fish and other seafood are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. There is strong evidence that eating fish or taking fish oil is good for the heart and blood vessels."
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Fish Advisories
    Includes "Mercury in Fish and Shellfish" (Advice for Women of child-bearing age and Children) and "Healthy Eating of the Fish you Catch".

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  • Benkovitz Seafoods
    Benkovitz's claims to be Pittsburgh's oldest seafood emporium and is located in the Strip District at 2300 Smallman Street.
  • Penn Avenue Fish Company
    A new fish market in the Strip at 2208 Penn Avenue.
  • Wholey's
    Wholey's Fish Market in the Strip (1711 Penn Avenue) has been selling fresh fish, seafood, meat, and poultry since 1912.