By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is all over the place. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t be aware of what style it truly is, it’s very likely pollock. Prized for its familiar fish flavor, pollock masquerades as crab meat in california rolls and seafood salads, and it feeds hundreds of 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 price of over a billion cash. yet at the same time the money rolls in, pollock is in difficulty: within the previous couple of years, the pollock inhabitants has declined through 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 study with a notable expertise for storytelling to supply the 1st typical background of Alaska pollock. the most important to figuring out the pollock fishery, he indicates, is spotting what features of its typical historical past 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 advance of the fishery, a number of the political machinations that experience resulted in its present administration, and, probably most crucial, its imminent loss of life. 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 variety 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 ebook for everyone drawn to the bothered courting among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.

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Some of our problems managing fisheries can be directly linked to political decisions made just a er World War II and to the treatment of marine fisheries as a commodity to trade on the market of international treaties. ³⁰ is history of fisheries as a commodity, rather than a living resource, might partly explain why the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is part of the Department of Commerce, a situation which causes many to wonder how it fits in there. ³² On the other hand, NMFS has the final say in pollock harvests, and the agency maintains the proud record of never allowing the har- 24 / chapter 1 vest quota for this species to exceed the recommended levels set by science.

Hjort instead proposed that the abundance of fish populations changed with the successful recruitment of new year classes. at is, highly variable survival of newly born cohorts into local populations was driving the great fluctuations. He also developed ideas about how the survival of the earliest stages of marine fishes changed with environmental conditions, and how the survival rates contributed to year-to-year changes in availability to the fisheries. ²¹ His efforts to modernize fisheries and to increase catches in order to improve the Norwegian economy mixed well with his idea that natural variations in ocean conditions are the main cause of fluctuating fisheries.

Huxley had li le formal schooling and was largely self-taught. He had le school at age ten due to family circumstances (his father had lost his job as a math teacher). e young man apprenticed from the age of thirteen to medical doctors. Later Huxley served as an apprentice and then assistant surgeon on the HMS Ra lesnake. It was on the Ra lesnake that he became a naturalist and comparative anatomist, and formed many of his opinions about the ocean. Huxley later taught as a professor at various institutions, and served as Inspector of Fisheries, and President of the Royal Society.

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