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The Eel, 5th Edition

Frederich W. Tesch, John Thorpe (Editor), Ray J. White (Translator)

ISBN: 978-0-470-99538-9 November 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 416 Pages


A strong demand for an English version of the third German Edition of this extremely important book paved the way for this excellent new translation, which contains much new information from over 500 publications, not covered by the previous English language edition.

The Eel is the standard work on the species with chapters in the book covering body structure and functions, developmental stages and distribution of the eel species, post-larval ecology and behaviour, harvest and environmental relationships, fishing methods, eel culture, diseases, parasites and bodily damage, the world trade in eels and eel processing. Contributions are included from several world authorities including new information concerning genetic diversity in eel populations and the consequences for their management.

Written by Friedrich-Wilhelm Tesch, one of the foremost world authorities on eels and carefully edited by Professor Thorpe, well known for his work in fish biology, writing and editing, The Eel is an essential purchase for all those working with the species, including fish biologists, physiologists and ecologists, aquatic and environmental scientists, fisheries managers and fish farm personnel. Copies of this landmark publication should be available in the libraries of all research establishments and universities where these subjects are studied or taught.

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles provided generous financial support enabling the translation and publication of this book.

Written by F-W Tesch; Translated from the German Edition by R. J. White; Edited by J. E. Thorpe

Body structure and functions

Developmental Stages and Distribution of the Eel Species

Post-larval ecology and behaviour

Harvest and environmental relationships

Fishing Methods

Eel Culture

Diseases, parasites, and bodily damage

World Trade and Processing


"This is a new translation of an extremely important book. The Eel is the standard work on the genus...It is essential reading and a reference for scientists and aquaculturists, eel fishermen, angling clubs and river managers...A fascinating book, even for a lay person, it answers so many questions that one has about this 'slippery creature'."
Sherkin Comment, Environmental Quarterly of Sherkin Island Marine Station, 2004

"This English translation of the third German edition contains new infomation from over 500 published papers."
CAB Abstracts, 2005

"In the comprehensive third edition of this text and the first English translation, Friefrich Texch covers the biology, ecology, breeding, and commercial significance of the eel. This revised and updated text includes findings from more than 500 new scientific publications."
Journal of the American Water Resources Association

*an English translation of the updated and revised third edition of this indispensable book on Eels with contributions from many international experts
*covering the biology, ecology, breeding and commercial significance of the eel
*scientific facts written in a clear and easy to read format for all in the fish and aquatic industry