Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources / Edition 1

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Fish Conservation offers, for the first time in a single volume, a readable reference with a global approach to marine and freshwater fish diversity and fishery resource issues. Gene Helfman brings together available knowledge on the decline and restoration of freshwater and marine fishes, providing ecologically sound answers to biodiversity declines as well as to fishery management problems at the subsistence, recreational, and commercial levels. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book:

considers the value of preserving aquatic biodiversity•
offers an overview of imperiled fishes on a taxonomic and geographic basis•
presents a synthesis of common characteristics of imperiled fishes and their habitats•
details anthropogenic causes of decline•
examines human exploitation issues•
addresses ethical questions surrounding exploitation of fishes

The final chapter integrates topics and evaluates prospects for arresting declines, emphasizing the application of evolutionary and ecological principles in light of projected trends. Throughout, Helfman provides examples, explores case studies, and synthesizes available information from a broad taxonomic, habitat, and geographic range.

Fish Conservation summarizes the current state of knowledge about the degradation and restoration of diversity among fishes and the productivity of fishery resources, pointing out areas where progress has been made and where more needs to be done. Solutions focus on the application of ecological knowledge to solving practical problems, recognizing that effective biodiversity conservation depends on meeting human needs through management that focuses on long term sustainability and an ecosystem perspective.

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Editorial Reviews


"This work is unique because it deals globally with fish, rather than fisheries conservation ... Helfman writes in a disarmingly candid and often colorful style, and provides many case examples and vignettes ... Summing Up: Recommended."

— F.T. Manheim

Wildlife Activist

"This college level text is designed to give the reader a reasonable base of knowledge on fish conservation from which to continue study in more detail ... Helfman summarizes the current body of knowledge on fish diversity, species degradation and restoration, and long-term sustainability via an ecosystem perspective."

CHOICE - F.T. Manheim

"This work is unique because it deals globally with fish, rather than fisheries conservation ... Helfman writes in a disarmingly candid and often colorful style, and provides many case examples and vignettes."
Professor, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia - Angela Arthington

"Professor Helfman has produced a monumental treatment of a critical endeavor—to halt the global decline of fish diversity and conserve the rich array of species and assemblages that populate our freshwater and marine ecosystems. Packed with fascinating details, conservation success stories and tragedies, practical advice, and personal perspectives, this book will be indispensable for scientists, fisherfolk, water managers, and conservationists. Thank you, Gene, for this splendid culmination of your lifelong efforts to 'give something back to the fishes.'"

Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis - Peter B. Moyle

"In Fish Conservation, Helfman provides a clear analysis of the state of the world's fish fauna and fisheries, and he takes away our excuse of ignorance for not engaging in major efforts to conserve fish abundance and diversity. This book is a benchmark for the status of fishes worldwide and should be within arm's reach of every aquatic and fisheries biologist. In years to come, it will help us answer the question, 'How well are we doing?' in fish conservation."

executive secretary, Desert Fishes Council - Phil Pister

"As an ichthyologist, Helfman blends conservation with the science that must underlie any meaningful conservation effort. A truly excellent book and a valuable contribution to our understanding of biodiversity issues."

Electronic Green Journal

"The work is lively, with references to popular works by famous marine environmentalists and writers who have focused on oceanic issues....This well-written textbook, with its occasional signs of flair, is comprehensive, modest, and alarming."
Natural Areas Journal

"This is truly a wonderful, well-written, coherently organized book... this book belongs in the hands of not only fishery managers and fish conservation professionals, but anyone with a love for fishes. Moreover, it belongs in the hands of anyone who would ask 'Why should I care about fish?'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635967
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene S. Helfman is emeritus professor in the Institute of Ecology and the program

in conservation ecology and sustainable development at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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