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NRC 571 - Fisheries Science & Management

Course guide for Fall 2010

Species info from journal articles

Search for your species in the databases listed on the Journal Articles tab.

Try Proquest Aquatic Science Collection first!

Search Tip:
Connect the common and scientific names with an OR - for example:

  mahi-mahi or Coryphaena hippurus

If you want to find growth or von Bertalanffy info, include terms using AND:

  (mahi-mahi or Coryphaena hippurus) and (von bertalanffy)

Reliable websites

Essential Fish Habitat publications from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Descriptions and identification for individual species (New England & Mid-Atlantic only).

   Website explaining Essential Fish Habitat concepts and issues.

Essential Fish Habitat Mapper - interactive mapping application gives users newly available data on EFH areas protected from fishing. These data represent areas where steps have been taken to minimize the impact that fisheries have on EFH by geographic area of interest.

Species Profiles: Life Histories and Environmental Requirements... for 126 species, published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in this list maintained by the USGS. Note that these were written prior to 2000 so they are not current, but they provide a "comprehensive sketch" of the species. 

FishBase - species summaries for over 31,000 fish. Created by the WorldFish Center  partnering with many international agencies, including FAO and the European Commission. NOTE: May take a long time to load.


Mostly Statistics and Demographics

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States - 2013 report from the National Academies Press.  Their publications are usually free to download or read online.

Office of Science and Technology Publications, including annual data on commercial and recreational fishing from the National Marine Fisheries Service (part of NOAA).

This includes FOSS - Fisheries One-Stop Shop Inforamtion Portal, where you can see the most recently entered catch data for many fish.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations. From this webpage, link to fisheries statistics and other publications from the Department, such as The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.

FAO FishFinder which is part of this website, gives detailed information on bio-ecological characteristics, fishing techniques, processing and trade of the main fishery species, with references to sources of information.

FIGIS - Aquatic species distribution maps of interest to fisheries - Also from FAO, a collection of aquatic species distribution maps of interest to fisheries that user can browse and visualize in real time. 391 species maps available.

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