Not only is the cod one of the most valuable marine food fish, it is also important as a predator in ocean ecosystems and is the subject of a great deal of research into its biology and exploitation. In recent years world stocks of commercially fished cod have collapsed, most famously the Northern cod stocks of the North East Coast of Canada. Now, massively falling catches in the North Sea have led to the recent heavy cuts in catch quotas.
This important book will be a comprehensive handbook, covering all major aspects of the cod including biology, ecology, life histories, behaviour, commercial exploitation and conservation. Written by world experts on the species, this book is an essential purchase for all fisheries scientists, managers and fish biologists.
Summary of chapters
Chapter 1: Exploitation of cod through history - an overview
Chapter 2: The cod - nomenclature, taxonomy, phylogeny and morphology
Before they were finished
Chapter 3: Pre-recruitment processes of larval cod - from egg to seabed
Chapter 4: Growth, age and death - from seabed to adult life to the end
What the cod did next - Adult Life
Chapter 5: Migrations, movements and stock identity
Chapter 6: Reproduction
Chapter 7: Ecophysiology and the environment
Chapter 8: Feeding behaviour
Chapter 9: Commercial fisheries in NW Atlantic
Chapter 10: Commercial fisheries in NE Atlantic
Chapter 11: Who eats cod, how, when and where?
Chapter 12: Cod: the future
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