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Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock

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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 it feeds millions as fish sticks in school cafeterias and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonald’s. That ubiquity has made pollock the most lucrati ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2013 by University of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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I’m very conflicted about giving this book a review— Kevin Bailey has done something extreeemely challenging, which is to try to explain how a US fishery is managed and why, including the ecology of the fish and the political history of the fishery. It is an admirable effort. I felt like he mostly wrote at a level for the fisheries-literate— but then lapses into explaining, for example, what carrying capacity is for several paragraphs. I thought the ecological explanations were not super great, ...more
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Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
In writing a detailed history of the commercial Alaska Pollock fishery, Bailey invites us to consider if government-sanctioned monopoly might be the future of the seas.
James Mize
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
As the title suggests - the origins, growth, and development of the world's greatest food fishery is a story that has not been told. Unfortunately, the title is more apt than the author may have intended, as much of the story remains untold in his book.

The author, himself a fisheries stock assessment scientist, decently presents concepts related to the fishery science. He has also done an admirable job of surveying the history of the development of the fishery prior to "Americanization." I foun
Johanna Haas
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thorough and detailed - this book tells all the tales of the North Pacific pollock fishery - from its beginnings to its rationalization to today's uncertainty. Includes interesting stories and personalities in the science, economics, and politics.
Alisha Falberg
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting! I learned a lot and, better yet, it's pertinent to my job :)
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Excellent balanced review of the history of the management and development of the Alaskan Pollock Fishery.
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