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Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock


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Alaska pollock is everywhere. If youandrsquo;re eating fish but you donandrsquo;t know what kind it is, itandrsquo;s almost certainly pollock. Prized for its generic fish taste, pollock masquerades as crab meat in california rolls and seafood salads, and it feeds millions as fish sticks in school cafeterias and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonaldandrsquo;s. That ubiquity has made pollock the most lucrative fish harvest in Americaandmdash;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 fisheryandrsquo;s eventual collapse.
In Billion-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 Baileyandrsquo;s own often raucous tales about life at sea, Billion-Dollar Fish is a book for every person interested in the troubled relationship between fish and humans, from the depths of the sea to the dinner plate.

About the Author

Kevin M. Bailey is a senior scientist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Fishing Lessons

1and#160;Introduction: White Gold Fever

2and#160;A Historical Background: From an Inexhaustible Ocean to the Three-Mile Limit

3and#160;Fishing the High Seas: Japan and the Soviet Union Develop the Harvest of Pollock in the Bering Sea

4and#160;Americanization! The Rush for White Gold and the Developing Fishery

5and#160;An Empty Donut Hole: The Great Collapse of a North Pacific Pollock Stock

6and#160;Viking Invasion: Norwayand#8217;s Link to the Pollock Industry

7and#160;A New Fish on the Block: Advancing Knowledge of Pollock Biology

8and#160;A New Ocean: Changing Concepts of Ocean Production and Management of Fisheries

9and#160;Factories of Doom: The Pollock Fishing Industry Clashes with the Environment

10and#160;All in the Family: Olympic Fishing and Domestic Strife in the Industry

11and#160;Bridge over Troubled Water: Tranquility after the American Fisheries Act

12and#160;Alaska Pollockand#8217;s Challenging Future

Appendix A: Terminology

Appendix B: Other Abbreviations




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Bailey, Kevin M.
University of Chicago Press
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9 x 6 in

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