Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada
Because of its wide geographic scope and harsh conditions, Canada’s Arctic presents many challenges for researchers and biologists. In this book, scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature and Fisheries and Oceans Canada present a guide to the marine fishes found in Arctic Canadian waters and featuring up-to-date research on 222 species. Each of the 58 families is described in a general account followed by species accounts comprising common name, taxonomy, physical description and identification, habitat data, biology, distribution, commercial importance, and traditional knowledge. Many of the species are known only to scientists and come from the deeper waters of the Davis Strait while others have been important food sources for Indigenous peoples for millennia.
A wide-ranging general introduction looks at the history of research, fish habitats, climate, fisheries, fish structure, and the collection and preservation of fishes while an essay on traditional ecological knowledge provides an important perspective. Exquisite black-and-white drawings of each species complement colour photos and illustrations. Finally, new range maps showing distributions across Arctic Canada were created for this volume.
The book will be a welcome reference work for Northern residents, biologists and ecologists, environmental groups, and resource extraction companies operating in the North, as well as commercial and amateur fishers in Canada and in other circumpolar countries.
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- Page Count: 632 pages
- Illustrations: 200
- Dimensions: 9.0in x 1.5in x 11.1in
‘Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada is a beautiful book…. Coad and Reist both bring considerable expertise to this subject…. A must have book…Highly recommended.’
Choice Magazine vol 55:11:2018
"Brian W. Coad and James D. Reist have succeeded superbly in creating a most useful overview of the marine fishes in the Canadian Arctic, a treatise that will be most welcomed by ichthyologists, marine biologists, fisheries researchers, and marine biology students far beyond Canada."
Margaret F. Docker, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
"Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada represents an incredible resource, and its content is excellent. It is a must-have for anyone working on marine fishes in the Canadian Arctic."
Ingvar Byrkjedal, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen
"With Arctic biodiversity on land and in water under increasing threat due to the rapidly changing climate, up-to-date and accessible scientific information on Arctic life is critical. This book opens up the rich and diverse world of Canada’s Arctic marine fishes, and will no doubt reach broad audiences and become the standard source of general information on this important and fascinating – but little known – component of Canada’s Arctic marine fauna."
Dr Jeffery M. Saarela, Director, Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration, Canadian Museum of Nature
Author InformationBrian W. Coad is a retired research associate with the Canadian Museum of Nature.
James D. Reist is a research scientist and Program Lead with Fisheries of Oceans Canada.
Table of contents
Checklists of Species
Family and Species Accounts
PrizesDartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work - Winner in 2019
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