Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

And into the third week we go! This week was a rather busy one, and you could most definitely feel a theme running through it: Four Fish and Paul Greenberg. We had organized a couple of different activities for the week to discuss the book and the surrounding issues that it brought up.

Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

As one of our activities, we had organized a discussion with the freshman in their dorms for Tuesday evening – and put in a lot of prep time. Unfortunately not many freshman showed up despite our efforts to lure them to come with snacks consisting of Goldfish. However, this did not dampen our moods as at least one of us got a discussion going in Cushing; and we now have a stash of Goldfish sitting in our kitchen.

When Thursday swung by, there was excitement in the air for what was ahead: there were plans for Paul Greenberg to come to Vassar to have a discussion with us, and then for him to speak at a lecture in the Villard room, followed by a reception and dinner at the Alumnae House. Having spent a good 6 hours with him, it is safe to say he is a really humorous intellectual who is a captivating speaker and an engaging man. We were quite surprised but how much he spoke about journalism and publishing during our discussion before the lecture, and it was interesting to hear what he had to say about the writing industry. Paul Greenberg said that currently people are not interested in hearing the ‘gloom and doom stories’, but are looking for a more hopeful future – which is why in his book he recommends us looking into CSF (Community Supported Fishing – vs. CSAgriculture).

Four Fish Lecture

Four Fish for dinner!

During his lecture, Paul Greenberg spoke about the importance of respecting the fishermen, and really listening to them as they are the ones who are actually out there fishing and understand the dynamic relationship between us and the fish. He also shed light upon the ITQ (international transfer quotas), as well as the privatization of fisheries and their efforts in trying to replenish wild fish stocks. Paul Greenberg also stressed that the key to a well managed fishery is in limiting entry, to ensure that fish stocks were not being overfished either.

The reception and dinner that followed after the lecture was held in the Alumnae House. Paul Greenberg commented that he was both surprised and impressed with what was served – four fish! The kitchens made the effort to source that nights produce in the 250 mile radius, which we enjoyed over light-hearted conversation, and got to know fellow professors and other school administratives.