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

By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is all over the place. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t understand what type it truly is, it’s very likely pollock. Prized for its established fish flavor, pollock masquerades as crab meat in california rolls and seafood salads, and it feeds thousands as fish sticks at school 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 price of over a thousand million cash. yet at the same time the money rolls in, pollock is in difficulty: within the previous few years, the pollock inhabitants has declined by way of 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 learn with a awesome expertise for storytelling to supply the 1st normal heritage of Alaska pollock. an important to knowing the pollock fishery, he exhibits, is spotting what elements of its traditional heritage make pollock so very fascinating to fish, whereas even as making it resilient, but hugely susceptible to overfishing. Bailey delves into the technology, politics, and economics surrounding Alaska pollock within the Bering Sea, detailing the improvement of the fishery, a few of the political machinations that experience resulted in its present administration, and, maybe most vital, its imminent dying. He techniques 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 diversity 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 ebook for everyone attracted to the afflicted courting among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.


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Fishing is like a treasure hunt. You put your gear in the water to see what you will catch. Sometimes the gamble pays off big. ²¹ Our concept of limits to the ocean’s resources is undergoing a revolution. Management of natural fisheries is under increasing scrutiny. A few short years ago, harvests from the ocean were considered boundless. Now even the industry points out that they are not. As recently as the 1970s, the harvests from the sea were still considered as having nearly unlimited potential.

By the 1970s, great cycles of changing ocean conditions, as well as shorter term fluctuations, and their impacts on fisheries were beginning to be recognized. ³³ In the early 1970s, dramatic changes in ocean conditions occurred off the coast of South America, there was a strong El Niño, and the devastating collapse of the world’s largest fishery, the harvest of Peruvian anchoveta, became famous. Development of Fisheries Management in the United States In 1871 the US Congress established the US Fish Commission to address industry conflicts.

Is was the status of our knowledge of the production of the ocean and the role of fisheries science as the pollock fishery launched and developed from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. e US government and, indeed, many other governments were enthusiastically pushing ocean fisheries as a way to feed an increasing population on the planet. Although there were naysayers to the policy of unbounded fisheries, and at least the potential to overfish popular coastal species was well known, the prevailing view was that the ocean’s resources were prac- 44 / chapter 2 tically unlimited.

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