Marine Identification

The Australasian fishes Project allows you to upload your images of fishes and to comment on and identify other members' images.   https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/australasian-fishes    

 

GENERAL MARINE LIFE IDENTIFICATION

The best guide to everything.

Graham J Edgar, Australian Marine Life,

3rd edition, Reed Books, Melbourne, 2012

 

FISHES

A standard field guide in portable format, fishes illustrated with paintings.

Barry Hutchins and Roger Swainston, Sea Fishes of Southern Australia,
Swainston Publishing, Willeton WA, 1986

 

Very comprehensive, several photos for each species, just a bit big to carry around.
Rudie Kuiter, Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia,
Crawford House, Bathust NSW, 1993

 

OTHER GROUPS OF MARINE ANIMALS
Neville Coleman, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Catalogue of Asia / Indo Pacific Sea Slugs,
underwater.com.au (Australia) and Masalai Press (USA), 2008
Leighton Taylor (ed), Sharks and Rays,

Readers Digest, Sydney 1997

 

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, Victoria, 2000

James R Spotila, Sea Turtles,

John Hopkins, Baltimore, 2004

 

Frank Stewart, The Presence of Whales,

Alaska Northwest Books, 1995

References
 
BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON MARINE LIFE AND MARINE PARKS
 
GENERAL

A companion volume to the BBC TV series.

Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes, The Blue Planet, BBC Worldwide, London 2001
 

Everything from the big bang to finding a job as a marine scientist.

Tom Garrison, Oceanography, Brooks/Cole – Thomson Learning, Belmont CA USA, 2005
 

A classic and poetic evocation of the sea.

Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us, first published 1950, OUP New York, 1951
 

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

 

TEMPERATE AUSTRALIAN WATERS

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

 

Discusses the various marine ecosystems.

Graham J Edgar, Australian Marine Habitats, Reed New Holland, Sydney 2001

INTERTIDAL HABITATS

A classic.

W J Dakin, Australian Seashores, revised editions edited by Isobel Bennett, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, first published 1952, revised edition 1987

 

Not a field guide, as it deals with Atlantic North American marine life, but the systems are similar and Carson writes beautifully.

Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea. Houghton Mifflin, 1955
 

 

FIELD GUIDES
Probably better to have a combination of these 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

 

 

DAMAGE TO THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

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

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

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

Alanna Mitchell, Seasick, Murdoch Books Australia, Sydney, 2008

 

TROPICAL WATERS

The best tropical fish ID guides.

Edgar, G., Tropical Marine Life of Australia, New Holland Publishers, 2019

Allen, Steene, Humann, DeLoach, Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific, New World Publications, Jacksonville, 2003

Extremely useful, covers all groups of marine fauna and flora, in a compact volume with a plasticized cover.

Gerald Allen and Roger Steene, Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, Tropical Reef Research, Singapore, 1994
 

 

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT MARINE CONSERVATION, MARINE PARKS AND RELATED ISSUES AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET
Edgar GJ, Ward TJ, Stuart-Smith RD, 'Rapid declines across Australian fishery stocks indicate global sustainability targets will not be achieved without an expanded network of no-fishing' reserves', Aquatic Conservation, 28, (6) pp. 1337-1350, 2018

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

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