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Study of the Sea: The Development of Marine Research Under the Auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

"Study of the Seal" edited by E. M. Thomasson, is subtitled appropriately "The development of marine research under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea," or ICES, and for which the editor has served as Librarian. Rather than a history of the organization, this volume is a unique and most useful compilation of important papers and memoranda from ICES archives which provide a historic look at the major developments relevant to the Council's work through the years. At that, it is an excellent companion volume to A. E. J. Went's authoritative history of ICES, "Seventy Years Agrowing."

Included are seminal works in various fields of marine fisheries research, along with other contributions on the formative years of European marine science, including such topics as hydrographical investigations, plankton studies, work on herring scale studies, eel research, early problems seen in whale fisheries, and more. Each article or chapter is introduced with pertinent comments by the editor which help place them in perspective. The articles also discuss such problems of concern to ICES and its members as overfishing, fish migration, transplantation, pollution, fish populations and fluctuations, etc. Some of the papers are strictly historical, but many provide background on matters of some controversy within ICES itself.

Many of the papers, or excerpts therefrom, are by some of the earliest leaders in European marine fisheries research and in the development of marine fisheries management theory. Also included are later reviews, often by students of the fishery pioneers. In sum, the volume provides an excellent look at the thoughts and studies behind some of the important advancements in marine fisheries. Hardbound and indexed, the 256-page book is available from the publisher at 26.00 [pounds] or, in the United States, from Bernan-Unipub, Lanham, Md. (price not available).
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Date:Sep 22, 1988
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