Alaska Codfish Chronicle

A History of the Pacific Cod Fishery in Alaska

James Mackovjak

Alaska Codfish Chronicle

James Mackovjak

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

557 pages | 70 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781602233898 Published August 2019
E-book $26.95 ISBN: 9781602233904 Published August 2019

Cod is one of the most widely consumed fish in the world. For many years, the Atlantic cod industry took center stage, but partly thanks to climate change and overfishing, it is more and more likely that the cod on your kitchen table or in your fast food fish fillets came from Alaska’s Pacific Cod Fishery.

Alaska Codfish Chronicle is the first comprehensive history of this fishery. It looks at the early decades of the fishery’s history, a period marked by hardship and danger, as well as the dominance of foreign fishermen. And the modern era, beginning in 1976 when the United States claimed an exclusive economic zone around the Alaska coasts, “Americanizing” the fishery and replacing the foreign fleets that had been ravaging the resources in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Today, the Pacific cod fishery is, in terms of poundage, the second largest fishery in Alaska, and considered among the best-managed fisheries in the world.

This history is extremely well documented, does not spare details, and is accessible to general readers. It incorporates nearly a hundred photographs and illustrations and is sprinkled with numerous observations from fishing industry journals and reports, even incorporating poems and recipes, making this an especially thorough and unique account of one of Alaska’s most iconic and important industries.

Review Quotes
Carmel Finley, author of All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustainable Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management
“Extremely comprehensive, from the early days of the development of the fishery, to the competition with foreign boats, and the emergence of the modern fishery. . . . This will be a substantial contribution to the development of Pacific fisheries.”
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