345 pages, 251 colour illustrations, 2 colour maps
The only comprehensive field guide to the Chesapeake's fishes, this book is an indispensable resource for both anglers and students of the Bay. Vivid illustrations by Val Kells complement the expertise of researchers Edward O. Murdy and John A. Musick. They describe fishes that inhabit waters ranging from low-salinity estuaries to the point where the Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Formatted as a compact field guide for students, scientists, researchers, and fishers, Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay should be a standard passenger on any boat that plies the Chesapeake's waters.
"Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake, from the freshwater head of tide on the rivers to the salty Virginia Capes and the Atlantic. The science is solid, as it should be from two veteran bay ichthyologists, but it also carries an engaging human touch that brings each species to life through brief but informative paragraphs on where and how often it turns up in the Chesapeake, what it eats, and why it is important ecologically, commercially, and recreationally. This field guide will certainly find a place on my skiff."
– John Page Williams, Senior Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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Edward O. Murdy is the director of the National Science Foundation office in Tokyo, Japan. John A. Musick is the Marshall Acuff Professor Emeritus in Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Val Kells is a marine science illustrator who has contributed to a long list of publications, including A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes, also published by Johns Hopkins.