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Are you fascinated by the ocean? Passionate about sustainability? Eager to learn more about where the seafood you love comes from? The Vancouver Aquarium’s Book Club encourages you to discover the natural world through the stories and ideas from a variety of fiction and non-fiction books pertaining to marine life, human interactions with the sea, and ocean conservation issues. We hope you will be inspired to pick up a copy of the Book Of The Month from your favourite bookstore or library and join the discussion on our AquaBlog. With a new book featured every month, there is something for everyone!

Questions? Comments? Email us at bookclub@ocean.org

Current Book

American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg

“We are what we eat, we are told. But we Americans do not eat what we truly are.”

It is hard to pick one topic to highlight for a book review on American Catch. In fact, as a total non-fiction nerd, it is impossible to pick only one topic to highlight in this book so I will do my best to focus only on a few.  

In American Catch, Paul Greenberg beautifully illustrates how the fight for local seafood in America has many barriers in its path: environmental degradation, pollution, and a global marketplace with low cost imports.

Join the conversation on AquaBlog

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Previous Books



The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy 
by Sasha Issenberg

Almost overnight, sushi has become one of our favourite foods. But why? And how? Sasha Issenberg takes us around the world in an effort to answer these questions. This book offers glimpses into tiny sushi houses in Texas, pirate fishing boats in the Mediterranean, high end restaurants, and the largest fish market in the world, and lends fantastic insights on the fish, and the people, who make the sushi business go round. This book will appeal to foodies, environmentalists, and anyone interested in learning a little bit more about the globalized nature of the world in which we live.

Join the conversation on AquaBlog: Tuna Capital of the World: Thoughts on The Sushi Economy

Sushi Economy


Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World Of Sharks
by Juliet Eilperin

Sharks are not only among the world’s most evolved predators, but they are also one of the most mysterious and misunderstood. Taking anecdotes and research from around the world, Juliet Eilperin discusses the incredible life history of these animals and the many ways in which humans are threatening their long-term survival. A vibrant and fascinating read for anyone who is interested in sharks, and human nature. 

Join the conversation on AquaBlog: Of Sharks And Men: Thoughts on Demon Fish by Juliet Eilperin

Demon Fish


The Old Man and the Sea 
by Ernest Hemingway

What does it take to catch a fish? Is it more a mental battle or a physical one? This classic story by Ernest Hemingway takes us to sea with Santiago, an aging fisherman from Cuba, who seeks to land a fish for the first time in months. Through simple descriptions, Hemingway shares one man’s struggle to land a marlin and gain redemption among his peers. Touching on broader questions of the role of artisanal fishing in communities and the loss of larger predators in our oceans, this work of fiction is not to be missed!

Join the conversation on AquaBlog: A Fisherman in September: Thoughts on The Old Man and the Sea

Old Man And The Sea


Four Fish: The Future Of The Last Wild Food
by Paul Greenberg

What do the fish we eat tell us about the state of the ocean? What do they tell us about our own perception of seafood and our connection with marine life? Drawing from personal experiences, Paul Greenberg looks at four of the most common fish on our dinner tables: salmon, cod, bass, and tuna, and discusses how these species in particular epitomize a disconnect in the relationship between humans and seafood. Delving into concerns of overfishing and the implications of increasing aquaculture and certain farming practices, Four Fish gives an entire meal’s worth of food for thought. 

Join the conversation on AquaBlog: Something’s Fishy about Our Food: Thoughts on Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

Four Fish


The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea
by Callum Roberts

The ocean is the birthplace of all life on Earth and today covers more than two-thirds of our planet. And yet, many of us never stop to wonder about what’s going on below the surface, or pause to consider the ecological impacts of our daily choices. Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists— discusses the past and present ways in which humans are impacting marine environments around the world— and why we should care. With exceptional attention to detail and an equally important understanding of the ‘big picture’, this is a must read for anyone and everyone interested in conserving our blue planet.

Join the conversation on AquaBlog: The Changing Sea We Cannot See: Thoughts on The Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts

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