BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON MARINE LIFE AND MARINE PARKS
 
GENERAL

The Blue Planet 
Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes, BBC Worldwide, London 2001
A companion volume to the BBC TV series

 

Oceanography
Tom Garrison, Brooks/Cole – Thomson Learning, Belmont CA USA, 2005
Everything from the big bang to finding a job as a marine scientist

 

The Sea Around Us
Rachel Carson, first published 1950, OUP New York, 1951
A classic and poetic evocation of the sea

Earlier books by Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Australians Ron and Valerie Taylor and Benn Cropp are also of interest

 

TEMPERATE AUSTRALIAN WATERS

Under Southern Seas
Neil Andrew (ed), University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999
Comprehensive, beautifully illustrated, addresses life cycles of marine organisms, a bit skewed towards commercially important species

 

Australian Marine Habitats
Graham J Edgar, Reed New Holland, Sydney 2001
Discusses the various marine ecosystems

 

GENERAL MARINE LIFE IDENTIFICATION

Australian Marine Life
Graham J Edgar, Reed Books, Melbourne 1997, 2nd ed 2008
The best guide to everything

 

FISHES

Sea Fishes of Southern Australia
Barry Hutchins and Roger Swainston, Swainston Publishing Willeton WA, 1986
Standard field guide in portable format, fishes illustrated with paintings

 

Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia
Rudie Kuiter
Very comprehensive, several photos for each species, just a bit big to carry around

 

OTHER GROUPS OF MARINE ANIMALS

 

Plenty of books available on sharks including:

Leighton Taylor (ed), Sharks and Rays, Readers Digest, Sydney 1997;

 

Plenty of books on shells, including several by Neville Coleman; 
Diana Jones and Gary Morgan, A Field Guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters, Reed New Holland, Sydney 1994; Mark Norman and Amanda Reid, 

A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia, Collingwood, 2000; 
James R Spotila, Sea Turtles, John Hopkins, Baltimore, 2004;

 

Plenty of books on whales, including:
Frank Stewart, The Presence of Whales, Alaska Northwest Books, 1995

 

INTERTIDAL HABITATS

Australian Seashores
W J Dakin, revised editions edited by Isobel Bennett, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, first published 1952, revised edition 1987
A classic, now out of print

 

Australian Marine Life Graham Edgar, (see above)

 

The Edge of the Sea 
Rachel Carson, Houghton Mifflin, 1955
Not a field guide, as it deals with Atlantic North American marine life, but the systems are similar and Carson writes beautifully

 

FIELD GUIDES:

Harry Breidahl, Australia’s Southern Shores, Thomas C Lothian, Melbourne, 1997; 
Keith Davey, Seashore Life of Australia, New Holland Publishers, Sydney, 1988; 
Frank Haddon, Australia’s Seashores, Simon and Schuster, Sydney 1992; 
A J Underwood and M G Chapman, Seashores, NSW University Press, Sydney 1993
Probably better to have a combination of these guides

 

DAMAGE TO THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

The End of the Line
Charles Clover, Random House, London 2004

 

The Empty Ocean 
Richard Ellis, Island Press, Washington DC, 2003

 

An Unnatural History of the Sea 
Callum Roberts, Gaia Publishing, London, 2007

 

Seasick  
Alanna Mitchell, Murdoch Books Australia, Sydney, 2008

 

TROPICAL WATERS

Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific 
Allen, Steene, Humann, DeLoach, New World Publications, Jacksonville, 2003
The best tropical fish ID guide

 

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide 
Gerald Allen and Roger Steene, , Tropical Reef Research, Singapore, 1994
Extremely useful, covers all groups of marine fauna and flora, in a compact volume with a plasticized cover

 

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT MARINE CONSERVATION, MARINE PARKS AND RELATED ISSUES AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET

Fiona R Gell and Callum M Roberts, The Fisheries Effects of Marine Reserves and Fishery Closures, WWF, Washington, 
Fiona R Gell and Callum M Roberts, Beyond Boundaries: The Fisheries Effects of Marine Reserves, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Roberts, Bohnsack, Gell, Hawkins, Goodridge, Effects of Marine Reserves on Adjacent Fisherieswww.sciencemag.org
National Statement on Marine Protected Areas from Australia’s Marine Scientists, AMSA-ACRA_MPA-STMT_Sept07
Australia’s Oceans Policyhttp://www.environment.gov.au/archive/coasts/oceans-policy/publications/pubs/policyv1.pdf
The State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO, 2006, http://www.fao.org
Pauly et al, The Future For Fisheries, Science 302, 1359 (2003), www.sciencemag.org
Marine Sanctuaries, Saltwater Environment Alliance, www.sea.org.au
Survey of Recreational Fishing in NSWwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au
Bill Ballantine, Marine Reserves in New Zealand: The development of the concept and the principles
The Economist – Special Report on the State of the Oceans,  www.economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12798458

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Marine Parks Authority: www.mpa.nsw.gov.au
National Parks Association of NSW – Marinewww.marine.org.au
Nature Conservation Council of NSWwww.nccnsw.org.au
Australian Marine Conservation Societywww.amcs.org.au
DPI Fisheries: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries
Ichthyology at the Australian Museum: www.amonline.net.au/FISHES/index.cfm
World Conservation Union: www.iucn.org/
Marine Education Society of Australasia: www.mesa.educ.au
Australian Institute of Marine Science: www.aims.gov.au
The Sea Slug Forumwww.seaslugforum.net
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: www.whoi.edu 
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Home