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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (September 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520234383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520234383
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A major landmark contribution to fisheries science and fish ecology. Rockfish populations are in a severe decline throughout the Northeastern Pacific, and the need for a deep understanding of their biology, ecology, and management has never been more critical. This book addresses all aspects of our current knowledge of this diverse and interesting group of groundfish species, and it is written clearly and with humor. An outstanding work!"-Larry G. Allen, California State University, Northridge "Quite simply the best account ever of the fascinating, diverse, and valuable rockfishes. If you are interested in the marine fishes of the Pacific Coast, you need this book."-Peter B. Moyle, author of Inland Fishes of California

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"A major landmark contribution to fisheries science and fish ecology. Rockfish populations are in a severe decline throughout the Northeastern Pacific, and the need for a deep understanding of their biology, ecology, and management has never been more critical. This book addresses all aspects of our current knowledge of this diverse and interesting group of groundfish species, and it is written clearly and with humor. An outstanding work!"—Larry G. Allen, California State University, Northridge

"Quite simply the best account ever of the fascinating, diverse, and valuable rockfishes. If you are interested in the marine fishes of the Pacific Coast, you need this book."—Peter B. Moyle, author of Inland Fishes of California


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Lamberth on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific starts out with a laugh-out-loud intro, in which the editor sums up: "Why are we writing about rockfish? That's because rockfish are cool. ... " The first few chapters are a good intro for us non-scientific fish aficionados (yes, that's how it's spelled!). And the photos and artwork throughout the book are superb. I leave mine on my coffee table, it's so pretty, and I do refer to it frequently whenever I see a "new" (at least to me) variety of rockfish, which is a farily common occurrence while I'm scuba diving in my local Southern California waters.

I know other, more "scientific" readers have panned the book for lack of supporting data, etc. but as a layperson I didn't notice anything missing. My appreciation for/understanding of this important family of fishes is significantly enhanced by this book. And I'll say it again: it's actually a good read, as long as you are nutty enough to purchase a large book devoted to a single variety of fish. Like me.

Buy it, I think you'll like it!

kelpgurl
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vecsei on July 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
First of all, I am not a rockfish biologist. All my research is focused on sturgeons, but I have always had a "thing" for rockfish. I for one, feel this book represents the ultimate field guide. But unlike most field guides, it has a tremendous amount of information concerning each species as well as fisheries, stock trends etc.....
If you need more information on rockfish than what this volume provides, go look it up in a journal! That is what journals are for. This book does a great job in summing up the basic life history aspects and description of each species. Also worth mentioning is the fact that this is one heck of a beautiful book! The photos are good to great and the distribution maps are nicely done. In terms of overall layout, we can all learn much from this volume. BRAVO !!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Estabrook on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I am now confident I can tell the difference between canary, vermilion and yelloweye rockfish. As a pacific northwest diver I see a lot of these and other rockfish. My other fish books seem to have the same or similar single, small picture of each fish. This book has 6 or 8 pictures of each fish showing them in various stages of life which is very important for rockfish. This book also covers a lot of fish missing from my other books.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele Leslie on August 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
An invaluable reference for marine biologists and a great read for people who are interested in a fascinating natural history story. Written with humor and wisdom.
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
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A casual glance through this book might impress, but it's really stuffed full of ego-fodder, some really nice art, and some OK summary information about Pacific rockfish species. However, for those who have worked with Sebastes in the Pacific for 20+ years, it soon becomes obvious that much is lacking. Great gaps yawn throughout. The reference information is sorely lacking in completeness and much of the recent research over the past 10 years is missing. This could have been something great. It still is a nice starting place for those interested in the genera Sebastes and Sebastolobus. But, after passing my new copy through the lab today, the concensus is that it is a pretty book lacking scientific integrity and completeness. Mary Yoklavich does add credibility by her involvement, but, well....for those who find joy in juvenile humor, you'll find some here. A scientific reference it's NOT. Sigh.
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