Carmel Finley

Membership:  2012

Member Bio

Carmel Finley is interested in the role of oceans as an intersection between science and politics. Her book All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustained Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management (University of Chicago Press, 2011) deals with the influence of the US State Department in the development of fisheries science between 1945 and 1958. She concludes that fisheries management based on MSY fails because it is based on policy—not science, and that legal constraints prevent the implementation of new knowledge into science policy. Finley also maintains a blog about the history of fishing in the Pacific. A former newspaper reporter, in 2007  Finley completed her PhD in the history of science at the University of California, San Diego.


 Drafting portions of All the Boats on the Ocean: Subsidies and the Growth of Post-war Fisheries(pdf, 9 KB)
Read Finley's blog post about her fellowship with the RCC: "Rachel Carson and Rosefish."
Film Interview with Carmel Finley