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All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Led to Global Overfishing

Carmel Finley


This transnational history explores how postwar fishing changed from a coastal, in-shore activity into a global industry. Fueled by the new technologies developed during the war and by government subsidies, nations went fishing on an industrial scale. As Cold War policies hardened, fishing became a territorial claim in the oceans, and many nations, including Japan, the Soviets, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and a host of Eastern European states industrialized their fisheries. Governments provided subsidies to modernize moving fishing from salting to freezing and the creation of new fish ... More

Keywords: overfishing, Cold War, trade, subsidies, Icelandic cod, Japanese tuna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226443379
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226443409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carmel Finley, author
Oregon State University