Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries, Volume 2
Paul J. B. Hart, John D. Reynolds
Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Nature - 424 pages
Recent decades have witnessed strong declines in fish stocks around the globe, amid growing concerns about the impact of fisheries on marine and freshwater biodiversity. Fisheries biologists and managers are therefore increasingly asking about aspects of ecology, behaviour, evolution and biodiversity that were traditionally studied by people working in very separate fields. This has highlighted the need to work more closely together, in order to help ensure future success both in management and conservation.
The Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries has been written by an international team of scientists and practitioners, to provide an overview of the biology of freshwater and marine fish species together with the science that supports fisheries management and conservation.
This volume, subtitled Fisheries, focuses on a wide range of topics, including the history of fisheries science, methods of capture, marketing, economics, major models used in stock assessments and forecasting, ecosystem impacts, marine protected areas and conservation. It builds on material in Volume 1, Fish Biology, which ranges from phylogenetics and biogeography to physiology, recruitment, life histories, genetics, foraging, reproductive behaviour and community ecology.
Together, these books present the state of the art in our understanding of fish biology and fisheries and will serve as valuable references for undergraduates and graduates looking for a comprehensive source on a wide variety of topics in fisheries science. They will also be useful to researchers who need up-to-date reviews of topics that impinge on their fields, and decision makers who need to appreciate the scientific background for management and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
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Handbook of fish biology and fisheriesUser Review - Book Verdict
The aim of this two-volume work is "to help integrate the study of fish biology with the study of fisheries" in order to provide scientific and technical background to fishery managers and policymakers. The editors are both British fisheries scientists, and the 54 contributors are academic scientists from ten countries writing on their individual specialties. Fish Biology deals with such topics as biodiversity, production and population structure, fish as predators and prey, and fish in ecosystems. Fisheries treats fish capture, stock assessment, exploitation, and ecosystem effects of fishing. Although the title suggests this is a reference work, it is rather a comprehensive summary that could serve as an undergraduate- and graduate-level overview of the topics covered. Each chapter has bibliographical references to the scientific and technical literature, and each volume has its own index. Since the volumes are available separately, academic and specialized libraries can choose which to purchase to cover gaps in their collections. Although many monographs exist on each subject, this work is useful as a current, state-of-the-art review source in its field. Academic libraries may also want to purchase individual volumes for circulation.-Judith B. Barnett, Univ. of Rhode Island Lib., Kingston ...