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Fishery Science: The Unique Contributions of Early Life Stages

Fishery Science: The Unique Contributions of Early Life Stages

Lee A. Fuiman (Editor), Robert G. Werner (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14737-8

Feb 2009

336 pages



It is now clear that data based on the studies of fish eggs and larvae make a number of unique contributions to fishery science that are crucial for accurate assessment and management of fish populations, including those of commercially important fisheries.

This valuable book demonstrates why fish eggs and larvae are important, how the characteristics of early life stages require a somewhat different research approach and how information on early life stages can be applied and interpreted to yield unique insights into fish populations. The editors of Fishery Science have drawn together an extremely useful and well-written book with contributions from internationally respected researchers from North America, Asia and Europe. Chapters include a discussion of the unique nature of early life stages, age and growth, mortality, recruitment, populations analysis, habitats, human impacts and management. A carefully selected set of case studies demonstrates several specific applications of early life history information to a number of fishery problems.

Fishery Science was designed to complement existing textbooks and is an essential purchase for all fisheries students and professionals, and for biologists working on the early life stages of fish. This exciting book is also of great value to ecologists, marine, freshwater and environmental scientists, populations biologists and oceanographers. All libraries in universities and research establishments where biological and fishery science are studied and taught should have copies of this book available on their shelves.



1 Special Considerations of Fish Eggs and Larvae.

2 Age and Growth.

3 Mortality.

4 Recruitment.

5 Population Analysis.

6 Cohort Identification.

7 Habitat Requirements.

8 Assemblages, Communities, and Species Interactions.

9 Fishery Management.

10 Human Impacts.

11 Case Studies: Resurgence and Decline of the Japanese Sardine Population.

Cascading Effects of Human Impacts on Fish Populations in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

Understanding Conservation Issues of the Danube River.

12 Methodological Resources.


Literature Cited.

Subject Index.

Taxonomic Index

""This textbook is interesting and informative, and provides an excellent body of material that could be used to supplement other resources. In addition Fishery Science is invaluable as the only existing text on the early life-stages od development.""
Fish Biology and Fisheries, 2003.

""Overall this book is a valuable contribution. It provides a basis for individual university courses and a reference and background for postgraduate studies as well as for active fisheries scientists.""
Steve Coombs, Journal of Fish Biology, 2003.

""the book will be a most useful sourcebook for students of fishery science, and also for teachers wishing to include more information about the early life stages in their fish biology courses.""
Malcolm Jobling, Aquaculture International, 2003.

""Most comprehensive texts on fishery science will say something about the egg and larval states, but leave out a lot of the scientific and methodological detail. This book fills the gaps and will allow students to obtain a deeper grasp, both of egg and larval biology and of fishery science...Teachers of fishery science will find this book a very useful supplement to their course literature.""
Paul J. B. Hart, Fish and Fisheries, 2003.

* A full understanding of early life history of fishes is vital to the study of the areas of fish biology, fisheries & aquaculture
* Brimming with information from recent research
* User-friendly, highly illustrated and well-written
* The editors and authors offer the reader a vast wealth of knowledge on this important subject