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Carmel Finley, PhD. Historian of Science

Who Built All the Boats: Post-war trade, fishing, and fisheries science, 1945-1976

Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Dr. Carmel Finley, Historian of Science

"Who Built All the Boats: Post-war trade, fishing, and fisheries science, 1945-1976"

World War II transformed fishing and fisheries science. As new technologies developed during the war transferred to industry, fishing changed from generally small fisheries in local waters to a distant water fleets that could find fish anywhere in the ocean. This historical analysis looks at the framework of the Cold War and how fish wound up at the center of foreign policy goals for the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union, and Iceland. The Americans sought to reintegrate Japan back into global trade and to tilt Iceland towards the West. While Japanese canned tuna edged Southern California tuna off supermarket shelves, Canadian and Icelandic cod was displacing New England fish in the booming American market for fish stocks. Enormous fleets of boats with vast nets were appearing in the waters off many nations. The Soviet fleet showed up off the Oregon coast in 1966 and in the space of three years, they decimated a rockfish species, Sebastes alutus, that has yet to recover. Post-war fisheries expanded rapidly, fueled by government subsidies, territorial claims, and competition to secure fishing rights around the world.  


OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Itchung Cheung
itchung.cheung at oregonstate.edu
Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr
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