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A snappy gift for serious seafood lovers.

LOOKING for a unique Christmas gift? How about a collector's edition of the award-winning Australian Seafood Handbook -- an identification guide to domestic species?

The handbook is touted as an essential reference for anyone who catches, processes, sells, studies or eats seafood. It contains colour photographs and descriptions of some 350 species of finfishes and shellfishes, plus oil composition profiles, protein fingerprints and fish fillet features.

Almost 10 000 copies have been sold since its release last year, an achievement that co-editor, Gordon Yearsley of CSIRO Marine Research reckons is not bad for any book, let alone one on fish. Next year he and his colleagues will complete a companion volume on imported species.

A waterproof version of the handbook, perfect for the boat, won a National Print Award in the Innovation category. The collector's edition on the other hand -- tastefully bound in snapper leather -- would outclass any tome on the coffee table.

The Australian Seafood Handbook is available from Seafood Services Australia on 1300 130 321. For the snapper-leather volume, contact the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, (02) 6285 4485.
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