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Conservation of Freshwater Fishes

  • Leaders in the field provide the first assessment of the global state of freshwater fish diversity, synthesising opportunities and challenges to conservation
  • Introduces readers to the diversity of freshwater fishes, the extent of global threats to that diversity and the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that have generated extraordinary species diversity
  • Specialist chapters examine key threats to diversity and discuss strategies and options to reduce impacts, highlighting potential management solutions to mitigate the primary threats to freshwater fish species

Series: Conservation Biology (Cambridge University Press) Volume: 20

By: Gerard P Closs(Editor), Martin Krkosek(Editor), Julian D Olden(Editor)

581 pages, 75 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2015 | #223988 | ISBN-13: 9781107616097
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Freshwater fish are one of the most diverse groups of vertebrates, but are also amongst the most threatened. With contributions from leaders in the field, this is the first assessment of the global state of freshwater fish diversity, synthesising the opportunities, challenges and barriers facing the conservation of freshwater fish biodiversity. Conservation of Freshwater Fishes includes the first global assessment of the number, type and distribution of threatened freshwater fish species, discussing the features of freshwater fish biology and ecology that render so many species vulnerable to extinction. Introductory chapters on why freshwater fish are so sensitive to environmental change and disturbance lead into chapters providing detailed reviews of the key threatening processes and potential solutions. A concluding chapter summarises the key issues and looks to the future for opportunities and challenges for the conservation and management of freshwater fish.


List of contributors

1. Lost fishes, who is counting? The extent of the threat to freshwater fish biodiversity William R. T. Darwall and Jörg Freyhof
2. Why are freshwater fish so threatened? Gerard P. Closs, Paul L. Angermeier, William R. T. Darwall and Stephen R. Balcombe
3. Climate change effects on freshwater fishes, conservation and management Jani Heino, Jaakko Erkinaro, Ari Huusko and Miska Luoto
4. Challenges and opportunities for fish conservation in dam-impacted waters Julian D. Olden
5. Chemical pollution Nathaniel L. Scholz and Jenifer K. McIntyre
6. Multiple stressor effects on freshwater fish: a review and meta-analysis Christoph D. Matthaei and Katharina Lange
7. Infectious disease and the conservation of freshwater fish Martin Krkosek and Robert Poulin
8. Non-indigenous fishes and their role in freshwater fish imperilment M. Jake Vander Zanden, Nicolas W. R. Lapointe and Michael P. Marchetti
9. Riparian management and the conservation of stream ecosystems and fishes Mark S. Wipfli and John S. Richardson
10. Fragmentation, connectivity and fish species persistence in freshwater ecosystems Keith B. Gido, James E. Whitney, Joshuah S. Perkin and Thomas F. Turner
11. Conservation of migratory fishes in freshwater ecosystems Peter B. McIntyre, Catherine Reidy Liermann, Evan Childress, Ellen J. Hamann, J. Derek Hogan, Stephanie R. Januchowski-Hartley, Aaron A. Koning, Thomas M. Neeson, Daniel L. Oele and Brenda M. Pracheil
12. Protecting apex predators Kirk O. Winemiller, Paul Humphries and Bradley J. Pusey
13. Artificial propagation of freshwater fishes: benefits and risks to recipient ecosystems from stocking, translocation, and re-introduction John Epifanio and Robin Waples
14. Freshwater conservation planning Virgilio Hermoso, Simon Linke, Stephanie R. Januchowski-Hartley and Mark J. Kennard
15. Sustainable inland fisheries – perspectives from the recreational, commercial and subsistence sectors from around the globe Steven J. Cooke, Vivian M. Nguyen, John M. Dettmers, Robert Arlinghaus, Michael C. Quist, Denis Tweddle, Olaf L. F. Weyl, Rajeev Raghavan, Marcela Portocarrero-Aya, Edwin Agudelo Córdoba and Ian G. Cowx
16. Understanding and conserving genetic diversity in a world dominated by alien introductions and native transfers: the case study of primary and peripheral freshwater fishes in Southern-Europe Valerio Ketmaier and Pier Giorgio Bianco
17. Maintaining taxonomic skills: the decline of taxonomy – a threat to fish conservation Maria J. Collares-Pereiram, Paul H. Skelton and Ian G. Cowx
18. Synthesis – what is the future of freshwater fishes? Gerard P. Closs, Martin Krkosek and Julian D. Olden


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Gerard P. Closs is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago. He has published over 100 papers exploring various freshwater ecological topics and has advised government agencies on catchment and river protection, conservation of native fish species, and management of introduced fish.

Martin Krkosek is Assistant Professor and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Science at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the ecology, epidemiology, and conservation of fish populations and coastal ecosystems, and is represented in over 50 scientific papers. He is also an advisor to government agencies and conservation organizations.

Julian D. Olden is H. Mason Keeler Endowed Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. His research focuses on the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and is represented by over 160 scientific papers.

- William R. T. Darwall
- Jörg Freyhof
- Gerard P. Closs
- Paul L. Angermeier
- Stephen R. Balcombe
- Jani Heino
- Jaakko Erkinaro
- Ari Huusko
- Miska Luoto
- Julian D. Olden
- Nathaniel L. Scholz
- Jenifer K. McIntyre
- Christoph D. Matthaei
- Katharina Lange
- Martin Krkosek
- Robert Poulin
- M. Jake Vander Zanden
- Nicolas W. R. Lapointe
- Michael P. Marchetti
- Mark S. Wipfli
- John S. Richardson
- Keith B. Gido
- James E. Whitney
- Joshuah S. Perkin
- Thomas F. Turner
- Peter B. McIntyre
- Catherine Reidy Liermann
- Evan Childress
- Ellen J. Hamann
- J. Derek Hogan
- Stephanie R. Januchowski-Hartley
- Aaron A. Koning
- Thomas M. Neeson
- Daniel L. Oele
- Brenda M. Pracheil
- Kirk O. Winemiller
- Paul Humphries
- Bradley J. Pusey
- John Epifanio
- Robin Waples
- Virgilio Hermoso
- Simon Linke
- Mark J. Kennard
- Steven J. Cooke
- Vivian M. Nguyen
- John M. Dettmers
- Robert Arlinghaus
- Michael C. Quist
- Denis Tweddle
- Olaf L. F. Weyl
- Rajeev Raghavan
- Marcela Portocarrero-Aya
- Edwin Agudelo Córdoba
- Ian G. Cowx
- Valerio Ketmaier
- Pier Giorgio Bianco
- Maria J. Collares-Pereiram
- Paul H. Skelton

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