Category Archives: Maximum Sustained Yield (MSY)

A Review of All the Boats, by Dr. Donald Gunderson

All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Created overfishing, 1945-1976, University of Chicago Press, 2017. By Donald Gunderson This book is a well-written, scholarly, and engaging history of state subsidies for the fishing industry. This carefully researched book … Continue reading

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Blurbers blurb about my new book!

One of the many nice things about publishing a book is that the press solicits people to say nice things about it, for printing on the back cover. These mini-book reviews are called blurbs, and the people who write them … Continue reading

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Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

They bracketed an era. Maggie, first elected as an FDR New Deal Democrat, who created the  modern American fishery, and Ted, the Alaska Republican who carved the empire into winners and losers, shaping the fishing industry of the US for … Continue reading

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A link to my paper in ICES

I’ve had a scholarly paper published, in ICES, the international fisheries journal. I wrote it with my major professor, Naomi Oreskes, and it’s nice to see it in print at last. What does my paper have to do with President … Continue reading

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An appreciation for Michael Graham

This is my absolute favorite quotation about fishing: “The trail of fisheries science is strewn with the opinions of those who, while partly right, were wholly wrong.” That’s from Michael Graham’s classic book, The Fish Gate, published in 1943. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Collapse of California Sardines and the Brief Rise of the Oregon Pilchard

I have been thinking about the ramifications of the collapse of the California sardine fishery in the 1940’s, thanks to re-reading a very good dissertation completed in 2003 by Gregory Cushman, who is now at the University of Kansas in … Continue reading

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Sidney Holt / Three Lumps of Coal

Historians love counter-factuals. What would the world have been like if Lincoln didn’t go to the Ford Theater. So here’s a counter-factual for those who are interested in fisheries history, what if Sidney Holt had followed through with his 1945 … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Pacific Fishery History Project.  We are in the very preliminary stages of starting to bring together people who are interested in the development of fishing in the Pacific. Since the project, at this point, is basically me … Continue reading

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