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|Author||Kees Camphuysen and Petra Henderson|
|Publisher||Pisces Conservation Ltd (UK) and NIOZ|
|Size||30,5 x 21,5 x 2,9 cm|
Get to know your local fish! North Sea fish and their remains unravels the secrets of what swims in our dark green or somewhat brown sea. Some readers will be surprised to discover that North Sea Fish does not necessarily look like what you find on your plate or in the nearest supermarket. This guide published by Pisces Conservation Ltd (UK) and NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, helps consumers to make a more educated choice and provides scientists with knowledge of the natural resources within the North Sea, creating an awareness that is essential steps for sustainable fisheries and fish consumption in the future.
This book provides the authoritative fish identification source for almost 150 species, with colour images and B/W illustrations of each species, and detailed information on identity, distribution, food, life history and ecology. The most unique characteristic of this book is that marine ecologists Kees Camphuysen and Peter Henderson have added detailed information on the identification of fish remains such as fish bones, otoliths and scales.
Fish remains may be encountered when the diets of marine predators like whales, dolphins, seals, seabirds and predatory fish are studied during archaeological excavations or geological reconstructions. It is the first time that such a comprehensive overview of the smallest fish bones of North Sea fish species has been put in to print. In this book most specimens are photographed out of water and supported with line drawings showing the layout of the fins and body shape.
The information on fish identification and life-histories in this book is based largely on experience gained by the UK Pisces team over nearly 40 years and follows Henderson’s 2015 work, Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles. Camphuysen reorganized the text and changed the focus to the North Sea and the international Wadden Sea. The latter included information on seasonalities and trends in catch rates of fish entering the western Dutch Wadden Sea based on the constant effort site ‘fish fyke’ of NIOZ Texel that is in operation since the 1960s.
The authors briefly describe the overall distribution, largely with reference to the recently-published and highly comprehensive “Fish atlas of the Celtic Sea, North Sea, and Baltic Sea” (Heessen et al. 2015). A comprehensive description and beautiful illustrations of ‘remains’ of fish were included, making this book truly unique. The information about the identification of fish remains is largely based on experience of the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and WMR Wageningen Marine Research, institutes that have studied the North Sea diets of seabirds and marine mammals for over 30 years. This part of the book must be seen as an introduction for professional and amateur biologists, geologists and archaeologists alike, interested in the reconstruction of the use (as prey, or as food) or abundance (as geological deposits) of fish in historical times, or by certain piscivorous predators.
The book has a website to provide updates as more research on fish remains, species distribution or taxonomy becomes available, and to share far more detailed information on remains of key species than can be fitted into the book.
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