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GENERAL MARINE LIFE IDENTIFICATION
The best guide to everything.
Graham J Edgar, Australian Marine Life,
3rd edition, Reed Books, Melbourne, 2012
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
BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON MARINE LIFE AND MARINE PARKS
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
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
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
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 Fisheries, www.sciencemag.org
National Statement on Marine Protected Areas from Australia’s Marine Scientists, AMSA-ACRA_MPA-STMT_Sept07
Australia’s Oceans Policy, http://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 NSW, www.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