March 4, 2017

Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock by Kevin M. Bailey

By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is in every single place. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t recognize what variety it's, it’s in all probability pollock. Prized for its commonly used fish flavor, pollock masquerades as crab meat in california rolls and seafood salads, and it feeds 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 on my own has an annual worth of over 1000000000 cash. yet while the cash rolls in, pollock is in hassle: within the previous few years, the pollock inhabitants has declined by means of 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 impressive expertise for storytelling to supply the 1st normal background of Alaska pollock. an important to realizing the pollock fishery, he exhibits, is spotting what elements of its typical historical past make pollock so very fascinating to fish, whereas while making it resilient, but hugely liable 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, some of the political machinations that experience resulted in its present administration, and, maybe most crucial, its approaching dying. 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 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 existence at sea, Billion-Dollar Fish is a ebook for everyone drawn to the dating among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.

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