New Memoir Recalls Fights to Save Ocean Resources

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Dayton Lee Alverson’s “Race to the Sea” details ongoing struggle for preservation

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marine fishery resources would be seen as a great source of protein to feed the world’s hungry

The world’s oceans have the potential to be the bootstrap that propels the planet into the next millennium. Whether it’s as a food source or a power source or living space, the oceans will be important. It is with an awareness of that importance that Doctor Dayton Lee Alverson offers his new book “Race to the Sea” (published by iUniverse), a memoir of his lifetime’s efforts to preserve this vital natural resource.

Alverson's story covers his early life experiences, through high school, World War II, his education and his involvement in state, federal and international fishery science and management. His career and story cover the period from 1950 to 2000, when world fisheries exploded from small-boat coastal activities to distant water fleets of large vessels. World catches increased over 300% after World War II, and most of the world’s oceans and seas were heavily exploited. Overfishing and impacts on coastal fisheries led the world community to seek new laws for the harvest of ocean fisheries and resulted in unilateral extensions of national jurisdictions over ocean space.

The growth of the environmental movement in the later half of the 20th century would lead to conflicts between fishing and conservation groups that resulted in changes in national and international fish policies. “Race to the Sea” tracks many of these developments, and Alverson's personal involvements and experiences during this traumatic period of world fishery expansion.

During the course of his life, marine fishery resources would be seen as a great source of protein to feed the world’s hungry, and later as an overfished and polluted wasteland.

About the Author
Doctor Dayton Lee Alverson was born in San Diego, California in 1924 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, where he served until 1946. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1966. His marine science career extended over six decades, working for state, federal and international agencies. He has published more than 150 scientific, technical papers and several books.

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