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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.