Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Breaking ThroughEssays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Edward Ricketts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247048

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247048.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 23 April 2018

“Investigator Blames Industry, Nature for Shortage”

“Investigator Blames Industry, Nature for Shortage”

Chapter:
(p.324) Chapter 10 “Investigator Blames Industry, Nature for Shortage”
Source:
Breaking Through
Author(s):

Katharine A. Rodger

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247048.003.0011

Edward F. Ricketts's serious studies of the sardine cycle span the almost twenty-five years he lived and worked in Monterey Bay—from the mid-1920s through the late 1940s—as he watched the boom and bust of Cannery Row. By the time his last and most articulate essay about the subject, “Investigator Blames Industry, Nature for Shortage,” appeared in the 1948 Monterey Peninsula Herald, the canning industry had begun to collapse. In his article, Ricketts attempted to explain the crisis in a historical context. The article ran on the first and third pages of the newspaper and included a bar graph of the annual tonnage of sardines caught along the entire North American Pacific coastline from the 1920–1921 season through the 1947–1948 season. Ricketts was a staunch conservationist, and while he was willing to take, and took, the unpopular position that overfishing was a major factor in the collapse of the sardine population, he recognized that it was affected by a diverse and complicated set of factors—both human and natural—and knew the problem could not be solved simply.

Keywords:   Edward F. Ricketts, sardines, canning industry, overfishing, Monterey Bay, Cannery Row, Pacific coastline

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.