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Freshwater Fisheries Ecology

John F. Craig (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-39442-7
920 pages
November 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Inland fisheries are vital for the livelihoods and food resources of humans worldwide but their importance is underestimated, probably because large numbers of small, local operators are involved.

Freshwater Fisheries Ecology defines what we have globally, what we are going to lose and mitigate for, and what, given the right tools, we can save. To estimate potential production, the dynamics of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes and estuaries) need to be understood. These dynamics are diverse, as are the earth s freshwater fisheries resources (from boreal to tropical regions), and these influence how fisheries are both utilized and abused. Three main types of fisheries are illustrated within the book: artisanal, commercial and recreational, and the tools which have evolved for fisheries governance and management, including assessment methods, are described.

The book also covers in detail fisheries development, providing information on improving fisheries through environmental and habitat evaluation, enhancement and rehabilitation, aquaculture, genetically modified fishes and sustainability. The book thoroughly reviews the negative impacts on fisheries including excessive harvesting, climate change, toxicology, impoundments, barriers and abstractions, non-native species and eutrophication. Finally, key areas of future research are outlined.

Freshwater Fisheries Ecology is truly a landmark publication, containing contributions from over 100 leading experts and supported by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles. The global approach makes this book essential reading for fish biologists, fisheries scientists and ecologists and upper level students in these disciplines. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological and fisheries sciences are studied and taught should have multiple copies of this hugely valuable resource.

About the Editor
John Craig is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Fish Biology and has an enormous range of expertise and a wealth of knowledge of freshwater fishes and their ecology, having studied them around the globe, including in Asia, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. His particular interests have been in population dynamics and life history strategies. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Society of Biology.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors

Section 1. Freshwater Fisheries Ecology
1.1. Introduction
J. F Craig

Section 2. Freshwater ecosystems
2.1. Introduction
J. F. Craig
2.2. The dynamics of rivers in relation to fishes and fisheries
G. Petts, M.-P. Gosselin and J. Gray
2.3. The dynamics of lakes in relation to fishes and fisheries
B. Moss
2.4. The physico-chemical characteristics, biota and fisheries of estuaries
I.C. Potter, R.M. Warwick, N.G. Hall and J.R. Tweedley

Section 3. Freshwater resources
3.1. Introduction
J. F. Craig
3.2. Northern North America
W. Tonn, H. Swanson, C. Paszkowski, J. Hanisch and L. Chavarie
3.3. Fennoscandian freshwater fishes: diversity, use, threats and management
B. Jonsson and N. Jonsson
3.4. Fishery and freshwater ecosystems of Russia: status, trends, research, management and priorities
Y. Yu. Dgebuadze
3.5. Fishery of the Laurentian Great Lakes
T. E. Lauer
3.6. Canadian freshwater fishes, fisheries and their management, south of 60°N
J. R. Post, N. Mandrak and M. Burridge
3.7. Freshwater fisheries of the United States
T. E. Lauer and M. Pyron
3.8. Fisheries in the densely populated landscapes of western Europe
I. J Winfield and D. Gerdeaux
3.9. Freshwater resources and fisheries in Slovakia
A. Novomeská and V. Kováč
3.10. Freshwater resources and fisheries in Hungary
A. Specziár and T. Erős
3.11. Freshwater resources and fisheries in the Czech Republic
P. Horký
3.12. Problems and challenges of fish stock management in fresh waters of Poland
Z. Kaczkowski and J. Grabowska
3.13. Nature and status of freshwater fisheries in Belarus
V. Semenchenko, V. Rizevski and I. Ermolaeva
3.14. Current state of freshwater fisheries in China
Y. Zhao, R. E. Gozlan and C. Zhang
3.15. Japanese inland fisheries and aquaculture: status and trends
O. Katano, H. Hakoyama and S.-i. S. Matsuzaki
3.16. Fisheries in subtropical and temperate regions of Africa
O. L.F. Weyl and P. D. Cowley
3.17. Freshwater fisheries resources in subtropical America
R. Miranda
3.18. Iberian inland fisheries
C. Antunes, F. Cobo and M. J. Araújo
3.19. Nature and status of freshwater and estuarine fisheries in Italy and western Balkans
P. G. O. Bianco and V. Ketmaier
3.20. Fisheries ecology of Greece
I. D. Leonardos
3.21. The ecology of inland fisheries of Turkey
S. V. Yerli
3.22. Fishery ecology in South American river basins
M. Barletta, V. E. Cussac, A. A. Agostinho, C. Baigún, E. K. Okada, A. Cattella, N. F. Fontoura, P. S. Pompeu, L. F. Jimenez-Segura, V. S. Batista, C. A.  Lasso, D. Taphorn and N. N. Fabré
3.23. Inland fisheries of tropical Africa
B. E. Marshall
3.24. Fisheries of the rivers of south-east Asia
R. L. Welcomme, I. G. Baird, D. Dudgeon, A. Halls, D. Lamberts and Md G. Mustafa
3.25. Asian upland fishes and fisheries
A. I. Payne
3.26. Fishes and fisheries of Asian inland lacustrine waters
U. S. Amarasinghe and S. S. De Silva
3.27. Freshwater fisheries of Australasia
D. J. Jellyman, P. C. Gehrke and J. H. Harris

Section 4. Fishing operations
4.1. Introduction
J.F. Craig
4.2. Aboriginal freshwater fisheries as resilient social-ecological systems
M. E. Lam
4.3. Commercial inland capture fisheries
D. M. Bartley, G. de Graaf and J. Valbo-Jřrgensen
4.4. Recreational fisheries in inland waters
S. J. Cooke, R. Arlinghaus, B. M. Johnson and I. G. Cowx

Section 5. Fisheries management
5.1. Fisheries governance and management
R. Welcomme
5.2. Assessment and modelling in freshwater fisheries
T. J. Pitcher
5.3. Social benefits from inland fisheries: implications for a people-centred response to management and governance challenges
R. Arthur, R. Friend and C. Béné
5.4. A human rights-based approach to securing livelihoods depending on inland fisheries
N. Franz, C.  Fuentevilla, L. Westlund and R. Willmann
5.5. The optimal fishing pattern
J. Kolding, R. Law, M. Plank, P. A. M. van Zwieten

Section 6. Fisheries development
6.1. Introduction
J. F. Craig
6.2. Environmental assessment for fisheries
N. Milner
6.3. Management of freshwater fisheries: addressing habitat, people and fishes
R. Arlinghaus, K. Lorenzen, B.  M. Johnson, S. J. Cooke and I. G. Cowx
6.4. Aquaculture
M. C. M. Beveridge and R. E. Brummett
6.5. Ecological implications of genetically modified (GM) fishes in freshwater fisheries, with a focus on salmonids
L. F. Sundström and R. H. Devlin
6.6. Sustainable freshwater fisheries: the search for workable solutions
R. E. Gozlan and J. R. Britton

Section 7. The effects of perturbations on fisheries
7.1. Introduction
J. F. Craig
7.2. Harvest-induced phenotypic change in inland fisheries
L. J. Chapman and D. M.T. Sharpe
7.3. Climate change and freshwater fisheries
C. Harrod
7.4. Toxicology
N. Bury
7.5. Impoundments, barriers, and abstractions: impact on fishes and fisheries, mitigation, and future directions
P. S. Kemp
7.6. Role and impact of non-native species on inland fisheries: the Janus syndrome
R. E. Gozlan
7.7. Eutrophication and freshwater fisheries
I. J. Winfield
7.8. Aquaculture and the environment
M. C. M. Beveridge and R. E. Brummett

Section 8. Tools and future developments in freshwater fisheries
8.1. Introduction
J. F. Craig
8.2. A list of suggested research areas in freshwater fisheries ecology
J. F. Craig
8.3. Molecular ecology and stock identification
E. A. S. Adamson and D. A. Hurwood
8.4. Recruitment
T.A. Johnston , N.P. Lester and B.J. Shuter

Subject index
Country index
Fish species index
Author index



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Author Information

About the Editor
John Craig is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Fish Biology and has an enormous range of expertise and a wealth of knowledge of freshwater fishes and their ecology, having studied them around the globe, including in Asia, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. His particular interests have been in population dynamics and life history strategies. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the Society of Biology.
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"As a former publisher, I feel able to suggest thatthose who write the blurbs that appear on book covers
are sometimes prone to hyperbole when they claim that the content therein represents a ‘landmark publication’, worth every penny of the eighty quid they want you to part with to own a printed copy. But as a thwarted fisheries ecologist, I’d happily agree with whoever made that claim for this book, and not just because at 900 pages and 2.7kg it fits both possible definitions of the term landmark, being simultaneously ‘an object recognizable from a distance’ as well as ‘an event marking a stage or important turning point’.
Trying to provide a comprehensive account of inland fisheries worldwide is a daunting task, one that could not sensibly be tackled by a single author, or even a small group. You need a big international team, recruited and guided by someone with experience of fisheries in different climates and cultures, able to identify and bring together a diverse collection of authors, capable of encouraging them to write contributions to meet a common aim rather than to their own agenda, and someone with the ability to edit many contributions into a coherent whole. Persuading John Craig to take on the role was a masterstroke; the longserving editor of the Journal of Fish Biology has the perfect meld of research experience, editorial expertise and familiarity with the writing skills of the population of fisheries scientists. The result is a book drawing together the expertise of over 100 high-calibre contributors that works as a coherent whole, and as a resource likely to stand the test of time. Contributions of varying length are grouped together in eight sections, on topics such as the basics of freshwater ecosystems; freshwater resources of fisheries by geographical region; fishing operations; fishery management; fisheries development; the effects of perturbations; and a final section on future developments.
No volume of this type is ever going to be perfect and there are doubtless a few gaps and inconsistencies in the coverage. But the flaws are utterly trivial compared to the strengths, and if I were still an aspiring young fish biologist, or an academic freshwater biologist, a fisheries manager or consultant, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy my own copy. I know, I know, eighty pounds for a book makes the eyes water, but you can get a guided tour of the whole world of fisheries ecology for trivially more than the cost of renewing a UK passport. The book will last you at least as long and make much more interesting reading". (BES Bulletin Vol 48:3 September 2017)
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