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By Kevin M. Bailey

Alaska pollock is all over the place. If you’re consuming fish yet you don’t understand what variety it truly is, it’s probably pollock. Prized for its everyday 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 on my own has an annual price of over 1000000000 funds. yet while the cash rolls in, pollock is in hassle: within the previous few years, the pollock inhabitants has declined via 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 amazing expertise for storytelling to provide the 1st typical background of Alaska pollock. an important to realizing the pollock fishery, he indicates, is spotting what elements of its normal historical past make pollock so very fascinating to fish, whereas even as making it resilient, but hugely prone to overfishing. Bailey delves into the technology, politics, and economics surrounding Alaska pollock within the Bering Sea, detailing the improvement of the fishery, a number of the political machinations that experience ended in its present administration, and, maybe most vital, its approaching loss of life. He ways 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 lifestyles at sea, Billion-Dollar Fish is a booklet for everyone drawn to the dating among fish and people, from the depths of the ocean to the dinner plate.

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