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Billion-Dollar Fish The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock

ISBN-10: 022602234X

ISBN-13: 9780226022345

Edition: 2013

Authors: Kevin M. Bailey

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Alaska pollock is everywhere. If you’re eating fish but you don’t know what kind it is, it’s almost certainly pollock. Prized for its generic fish taste, pollock masquerades as crab meat in California rolls and seafood salads and feeds millions as fish sticks in school cafeterias and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonald’s. That ubiquity has made pollock the most lucrative fish harvest in America—the fishery in the United States alone has an annual value of over one billion dollars. But even as the money rolls in, pollock is in trouble: in the last few years, the pollock population has declined by more than half, and some scientists are predicting the fishery’s eventual collapse. InBillion-Dollar Fish, Kevin M. Bailey combines his years of firsthand pollock research with a remarkable talent for storytelling to offer the first natural history of Alaska pollock. Crucial to understanding the pollock fishery, he shows, is recognizing what aspects of its natural history make pollock so very desirable to fish, while at the same time making it resilient, yet highly vulnerable to overfishing. Bailey delves into the science, politics, and economics surrounding Alaska pollock in the Bering Sea, detailing the development of the fishery, the various political machinations that have led to its current management, and, perhaps most important, its impending demise. He approaches his subject from multiple angles, bringing in the perspectives of fishermen, politicians, environmentalists, and biologists, and drawing on revealing interviews with players who range from Greenpeace activists to fishing industry lawyers. Seamlessly weaving the biology and ecology of pollock with the history and politics of the fishery, as well as Bailey’s own often raucous tales about life at sea,Billion-Dollar Fishis a book for every person interested in the troubled relationship between fish and humans, from the depths of the sea to the dinner plate.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Prologue: Fishing Lessons
White Gold Fever
A Historical Background
From an Inexhaustible Ocean to the Three-Mile Limit
Fishing the High Seas
Japan and the Soviet Union Develop the Alaska Pollock Fishery
The Rush for White Gold and the Developing Fishery
An Empty Donut Hole
The Great Collapse of a North Pacific Pollock Stock
Viking Invasion
Norway's Link to the Pollock Industry
A New Fish on the Block
Advancing Knowledge of Pollock Biology
A New Ocean
Changing Concepts of Ocean Production and Management of Fisheries
Factories of Doom
The Pollock Fishing Industry Clashes with the Environment
All in the Family
Olympic Fishing and Domestic Strife in the Industry
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Tranquility after the American Fisheries Act
Alaska Pollock's Challenging Future
Other Abbreviations
Illustrations follow pages 58 and 138.