Recent decades have witnessed strong declines in fish stocks around the globe, amid growing concerns about the impact of fisheries on marine and freshwater biodiversity. Fisheries biologists and managers are therefore increasingly asking about aspects of ecology, behaviour, evolution and biodiversity that were traditionally studied by people working in very separate fields. This has highlighted the need to work more closely together, in order to help ensure future success both in management and conservation.
The Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries has been written by an international team of scientists and practitioners, to provide an overview of the biology of freshwater and marine fish species together with the science that supports fisheries management and conservation.
The first volume, subtitled Fish Biology, reviews a broad variety of topics from evolutionary relationships and global biogeography to physiology, recruitment, life histories, genetics, foraging, reproductive behaviour and community ecology. Volume two, subtitled Fisheries, builds on the material from volume one, focusing on a wide range of topics including the history of fisheries science, methods of capture, marketing, economics, major models used in stock assessments and forecasting, ecosystem impacts, marine protected areas and conservation.
Together, these books present the state of the art in our understanding of fish biology and fisheries and will serve as valuable references for undergraduates and graduates looking for a comprehensive source on a wide variety of topics in fisheries science. They will also be useful to researchers who need up-to-date reviews of topics that impinge on their fields, and decision makers who need to appreciate the scientific background for management and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
"[...] this work is useful as a current, state-of-the-art review source in its field."
- Library Journal, February 2003
"A must for any library maintaining holdings on fish, fisheries, fish management, or conservation. It is the best review of the state of the art available and should be mandatory review reading for fish managers everywhere."
- G L Hendrickson, Humboldt State University for Choice, May 2003
" [...] an excellent starting point for graduate students, and a good handbook to have in a reference collection that stresses fish biology and fisheries management."
- E-Streams, June 2003
"This will be an invaluable reference tool for students, researchers and practitioners working in the fields of fish biology and fisheries."
- Reference Reviews, Volume 17 (5), July 2003
"The 54 authors have compressed a vast seascape of modern fisheries knowledge into two eminently readable volumes, very successfully meeting their goal of integrating fish biology with fisheries science [...] Chapter after chapter, I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity and simplicity of these excellent overviews. Full credit goes to the editors [...] who have skilfully crafted these chapters into elegant coherence [...] I have been recommending these books wholeheartedly to my colleagues and plan to have copies in each of our regional offices."
- Michael G Sullivan, Fish and Wildlife Division, Government of Alberta in Fish and Fisheries, March 2004
Volume 1: Fish Biology
1. Banishing Ignorance: Underpinning Fisheries with Basic Biology (P. J. B. Hart and J. D. Reynolds)
2. Phylogeny and Systematics of Fishes (A. C. Gill and R.D. Mooi)
3. Historical Biogeography of Fishes (R. D. Mooi and A. C. Gill)
4. The Physiology of Living in Water (O. Brix)
5. Environmental Factors and Rates of Development and Growth (M. Jobling)
6. Recruitment: Understanding Density-dependence in Fish Populations (R. A. Myers)
7. Life Histories of Fish (J. A. Hutchings)
8. Migration (J. Metcalfe, G. Arnold and R. McDowall)
9. Genetics of Fish Populations (R. D. Ward)
10. Behavioural Ecology of Reproduction in Fish (E. Forsgren, J. D. Reynolds and A. Berglund)
11. Fish Foraging and Habitat Choice: A Theoretical Perspective (G. G. Mittelbach)
12. Feeding Ecology of Piscivorous Fishes (F. Juanes, J. A. Buckel and F. S. Scharf)
13. Fish as Prey (J. Krause, E. M. A. Hensor and G. D. Ruxton)
14. Trophic Ecology and the Structure of Marine Food Webs (N. V.C. Polunin and J.K. Pinnegar)
15. Community Ecology of Freshwater Fishes (L. Persson)
16. Comparative Ecology of Marine Fish Communities (K. Martha M. Jones, D. G. Fitzgerald and P. F. Sale)
17. Interactions Between Fish, Parasites and Disease (I. Barber and R. Poulin)
Volume 2: Fisheries
1. The Human Dimension Of Fisheries Science: (P. J. B. Hart And J. D. Reynolds)
2. Fish Capture Devices In Industrial And Artisanal Fisheries And Their Influence On Management (O. A. Misund, J. Kolding and P. Freon)
3. Marketing Fish (J. A. Young And J. F. Muir)
4. A History Of Fisheries And Their Science And Management (T. D. Smith)
5. Gathering Data For Resource Monitoring And Fisheries Management (D. Evans and R. Grainger)
6. Surplus Production Models (J. T. Schnute And L. Richards)
7. Dynamic Pool Models I: Interpreting The Past Using Virtual Population Analysis (J. G. Shepherd And J. G. Pope)
8. Dynamic Pool Models II: Short-Term And Long-Term Forecasts Of Catch And Biomass (J. G. Shepherd And J. G. Pope)
9. A Bumpy Old Road: Size-Based Methods In Fisheries Assessment (T. J. Pitcher)
10. Ecosystem Models (D. Pauly And V. Christensen)
11. Individual-Based Models (G. Huse, J. Giske And A. G. V. Salvanes)
12. The Economics Of Fisheries (R. Hannesson)
13. Choosing The Best Model For Fisheries Assessment (P. Sparre And P. J. B. Hart)
14. Marine Protected Areas, Fish And Fisheries (N. V. C. Polunin)
15. Exploitation And Other Threats To Fish Conservation (J. D. Reynolds, N. K. Dulvy And C. M. Roberts)
16. Ecosystem Effects Of Fishing (M. J. Kaiser And S. Jennings)
17. Recreational Fishing (I.G. Cowx)
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Paul J.B. Hart is a Reader in the Department of Biology, University of Leicester UK. His research focuses on the role of trophic ecology and competition in fish speciation and on the management of commercial marine fisheries. His publications include a co-authored textbook Fisheries Ecology (1982) and he has co-edited The Impact of Species Changes in African Lakes (1995) and Reinventing Fisheries Management (1998). He is co-editor of the review journal, Fish and Fisheries (Blackwell Science) and he is a past President of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
John D. Reynolds is a Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of East Anglia, UK. His research examines the evolution of reproductive behaviour and life histories, with an emphasis on conservation of marine and freshwater fishes. He has co-authored a textbook, Marine Fisheries Ecology (2001), has co-edited Conservation of Exploited Species (2001) and is co-editor of the journal Animal Conservation. He was awarded the FSBI medal of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles in 2000.