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Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation

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Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation

Fascinating and instantly recognizable, flatfishes are unique in their...

NHBS Price: £158.00 $208/€179 approx

Series: Fish and Aquatic Resources Series Volume: 9

By: Robin N Gibson(Editor)

391 pages, illustrations


Hardback | Feb 2005 | Edition: 1 | #139964 | ISBN: 0632059265
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Fascinating and instantly recognisable, flatfishes are unique in their asymmetric postlarval body form. With over 700 extant species recognised and a distribution stretching across the globe this group of fishes are of considerable research interest and provide a major contribution to recreational and commercial fisheries, and to aquaculture, worldwide.

Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation is the only comprehensive and current book in the field and responds to the economic importance and growing body of research to produce an invaluable addition to the Fish and Aquatic Resources Series providing:
- Outlines of systematics, distribution, reproduction, recruitment, ecology and behaviour
- Descriptions of the major fisheries and their management
- Full coverage of recent advances in aquaculture and stock enhancement

Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation is essential reading for fish biologists; fisheries scientists; marine biologists; ecologists and environmental scientists; aquaculture personnel and government workers in fisheries and fish and wildlife departments. It should be found in all libraries of research establishments and universities where biology, fish biology, fisheries, aquaculture, marine sciences, oceanography, ecology and environmental sciences are studied or taught.

"A solid, up-to-date book that advanced students and research scientists with interests in fish biology will find interesting and useful."
- Aquaculture International, August 2008

"The result is a data-rich book that outlines much of what you might ever want to know about flatfishes and more, but which also underscores how much more there is that remains unknown."
- Fish and Fisheries, Vol 7, Issue 1, March 2006

"The book is well presented with clear illustrations and is a valuable source of information for those with a general interest in fish ecology or for the more specialist reader. You should make sure that your library has a copy."
- Journal of Fish Biology, 2006

"This book provides the reader with an excellent and very practical overview of the whole, global flatfish scene. It covers everything from distribution, ecology and behaviour, through management, to aquaculture and stock enhancement. Anyone interested in flatfish at whichever stage if the economic food chain should invest in a copy immediately."
- Ausmarine

"Because of the high quality of each chapter, written by international experts, it is a valuable reference."
- Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries


1. Introduction
Robin N. Gibson

2. Systematic diversity of the Pleuronectiformes
Thomas A. Munroe

3. Distributions and biogeography
Thomas A. Munroe

4. Ecology of reproduction
A.D. Rijnsdorp and P.R. Witthames

5. The planktonic stages of flatfishes: physical and biological interactions in transport processes
Kevin. M. Bailey, Hideaki Nakata and Henk W. van der Veer

6. Recruitment
Henk W. van der Veer and William C. Leggett

7. Age and growth
Richard D.M. Nash and Audrey J. Geffen

8. Ecology of the juvenile and adult stages of flatfishes: distribution and dynamics of habitat associations
Kenneth.W. Able, Melisssa Neuman and Hakan Wennhage

9. The trophic ecology of flatfishes
Jason S. Link, Michael J. Fogarty and Richard W. Langton

10. Behaviour of flatfishes
Robin N. Gibson

11. Atlantic flatfish fisheries
Richard Millner, StephenJ. Walsh and Juan M. Diaz de Astarloa

12. Pacific flatfish fisheries
Thomas Wilderbuer, Bruce Leaman,, Chang Ik Zhang,, Jeff Fargo and Larry Paul

13. Tropical flatfish fisheries
Thomas A. Munroe

14. Assessment and management of flatfish stocks
Jake Rice, Steven X. Cadrin and William G. Clarke

15. Aquaculture and stock enhancement
B.R. Howell and Y. Yamashita

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Index of scientific and common names
Subject index

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Robin N. Gibson is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Scottish Association for Marine Science at the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Scotland.

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