Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock by Kevin M. Bailey

By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is far and wide. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t recognize what style it's, it’s most likely pollock. Prized for its regular fish style, pollock masquerades as crab meat in california rolls and seafood salads, and it feeds thousands as fish sticks in class cafeterias and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonald’s. That ubiquity has made pollock the main profitable fish harvest in America—the fishery within the usa by myself has an annual worth of over a thousand million funds. yet whilst the money rolls in, pollock is in hassle: within the previous few years, the pollock inhabitants has declined via greater than part, and a few scientists are predicting the fishery’s eventual collapse.
In Billion-Dollar Fish, Kevin M. Bailey combines his years of firsthand pollock examine with a amazing expertise for storytelling to supply the 1st traditional background of Alaska pollock. the most important to figuring out the pollock fishery, he indicates, is spotting what features of its normal heritage make pollock so very fascinating to fish, whereas even as making it resilient, but hugely prone to overfishing. Bailey delves into the technological know-how, politics, and economics surrounding Alaska pollock within the Bering Sea, detailing the improvement of the fishery, a number of the political machinations that experience ended in its present administration, and, might be most crucial, its forthcoming dying. He methods his topic from a number of angles, bringing within the views of fishermen, politicians, environmentalists, and biologists, and drawing on revealing interviews with gamers who variety from Greenpeace activists to fishing lawyers.
Seamlessly weaving the biology and ecology of pollock with the historical past and politics of the fishery, in addition to Bailey’s personal usually raucous stories approximately lifestyles at sea, Billion-Dollar Fish is a booklet for everyone drawn to the stricken dating among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.

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E aspect of density-independent control of fisheries populations has yet to be implemented much in fisheries management models. A Global View of Productivity e pioneering marine scientists of Scandinavia and Europe developed the concept that conditions in the ocean were important to the production capacity of fish populations on a local scale. Later, in the twentieth century, oceanographers had the idea of examining the amount of primary production in the oceans to estimate potential fisheries production on a global scale.

In 1791 omas Jefferson called for helping American fishermen with tax relief, increased tariffs on foreign products, and promotion of markets abroad. e first US Fisheries Commission assisted the fishing industry with subsidies, loans, development of seafood products and technology, marketing, and trade promotion. ³⁹ Important legislation impacting fisheries was passed in the twentieth century. Under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Section 27 was known as the Jones Act), vessels landing fish in the United States had to be constructed there, and had to be owned and crewed by Americans.

G. ⁴² e influence of forestry can be seen directly in the writing of the influential Huntsman, who drew analogies between trees and fish and their management to maximize productivity. Hjort himself got his PhD in Germany and was exposed to Norwegian forestry practices. He imported his philosophies to Canada through a sustained visit in 1914–15, with Huntsman as his assistant. ⁴³ A. G. Huntsman, as president of the American Fisheries Society, wrote about managing fisheries stocks as if they were crops.

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