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By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is far and wide. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t understand what type it really is, it’s in all probability pollock. Prized for its known 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 cash rolls in, pollock is in difficulty: 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 learn with a extraordinary expertise for storytelling to provide the 1st ordinary historical past of Alaska pollock. the most important to figuring out the pollock fishery, he indicates, is spotting what points of its traditional heritage make pollock so very fascinating to fish, whereas while making it resilient, but hugely prone to overfishing. Bailey delves into the technology, 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, maybe most crucial, its drawing close loss of life. He ways his topic from a number of angles, bringing within the views of fishermen, politicians, environmentalists, and biologists, and drawing on revealing interviews with avid gamers who diversity from Greenpeace activists to fishing lawyers.
Seamlessly weaving the biology and ecology of pollock with the heritage and politics of the fishery, in addition to Bailey’s personal frequently raucous stories approximately lifestyles at sea, Billion-Dollar Fish is a publication for everyone drawn to the courting among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.

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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. Alternatively, some fisheries scientists thought 36 / chapter 2 the way to do this was to evaluate current world harvest levels and add that to estimates from unexploited fish populations. ²⁸ e resulting estimates were vastly different. However, the US government chose to integrate the more optimistic view into policy.

It took another thirty years for the California sardine to recover, and even then, not to its prior levels. e cod stocks off the coast of Canada also bounced up and down, with ensuing controversy about their status and the strength of incoming year classes. en in the late 1980s, they collapsed. ²⁵ is scene plays back eerily similar to what we now hear about pollock. In his landmark book e End of the Line, Charles Clover said of the northern cod collapse, “An army of scientists in one of the world’s wealthiest and most advanced nations managed to destroy one of the richest fisheries in the world, while convincing themselves for a decade that they were doing no such thing.

Where would the Japanese people turn to relieve their misery? To the east was the vast Pacific Ocean. To the north and west lay the socialist threat of the Soviet Union. Just beyond the horizon loomed the rising tide of the Chinese Communist Party, which was winning its war against the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party). Fishing the sea has always been important to Japan, and the practice is embedded in the traditions, culture, and art of the Japanese people. ¹ To solve her modern problems, Japan returned to the sea.

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