Bob and I are very pleased that others find these stories interesting.
For the past few years I’ve been reading the Pacific Fishery History Project, environmental historian Carmel Finley’s blog. Finley’s dissertation and first book, All the Fish in the Sea, examined the influence of US strategic and economic interests on fisheries management in the early postwar years, and in particular on the international adoption of Maximum Sustained Yield (MSY) as the basis for fisheries regulation. (You can read a briefer version of her argument over at Solutions.) At her blog Finley is following-up on that story, covering – among other things – the arrival of Soviet fishing fleets in American waters and the Cold War politics that came with them.
Finley lays out the basic issues in a blog post that asks “So why were those Soviet boats fishing off Washington?”
The answer, it turns out, is:
that the U.S. State Department wanted them to…
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