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All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustainable Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management

Carmel Finley


Between 1949 and 1955, the State Department pushed for an international fisheries policy grounded in maximum sustainable yield (MSY). The concept is based on a confidence that scientists can predict, theoretically, the largest catch that can be taken from a species’ stock over an indefinite period. And while it was modified in 1996 with passage of the Sustained Fisheries Act, MSY is still at the heart of modern American fisheries management. As fish populations continue to crash, however, it is clear that MSY is itself not sustainable. Indeed, the concept has been widely criticized by scientis ... More

Keywords: State Department, international fisheries policy, maximum sustainable yield, Sustained Fisheries Act, fisheries management, fish populations, US government, US fisheries science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226249667
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226249681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carmel Finley, author