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New book of interest

Grant RW Humphries, September 13, 2017

The book ‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’, by Kees Camphuysen of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) and Peter Henderson of Pisces Conservation Ltd will be launched 5 October 2017. An accompanying website is to introduce the book, but will also 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 in the format of fact sheets for individual fish species.

About ‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’ ‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’, ISBN 978-1-904690-65-8, can be purchased online from Pisces Conservation Ltd for £45 plus postage & packing.

Following some introductory chapters, there are 30 chapters with species accounts. Numerous high quality full colour illustrations of fish and fish bones, 326pp, A4 size (22x30cm), 1.8kg

Published in 2017 by NIOZ/Pisces Conservation, the book expands on Peter Henderson’s 2015 work, Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles, adding a huge amount of information on the remains of fish, such as otoliths, premaxillae, dentaries, cleithra, vertebrae, urohyals, and any other characteristic fish bones.

A low-resolution sample set of pages is attached to this e-mail.

Focussing on the fish of the North Sea, rather than the British Isles, makes this book relevant to all countries bordering the North Sea. It provides the definitive fish identification source for almost 150 fish species, with numerous colour images and B/W illustrations of each species, and detailed information on ID, distribution, food, life history, ecology and more.

It is regarded as the most accessible and comprehensive work on fish remains, and is therefore invaluable to bioarchaeologists, ornithologists, and anyone else for whom fish remains provide insights into their study. It also serves as a more generalised fish identification guide for marine biologists, professional and amateur ecologists, students, and fishermen; based upon the ‘Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles’, which was described as “an excellent resource for anyone interested in British fish and the marine environment”.