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Tuna and Billfish - Fish Without a Country, 4th ed.

An illustrated Guide to the Tunas and Billfishes

Back in 1977 the Marine Fisheries Review published Witold Klawe's review "What is a Tuna?," which was both popular and widely cited. It also served as the basis for a book "Tuna and Billfish-Fish Without a Country," well illustrated with fine watercolors by marine artist George Mattson and with the text expanded by James Joseph, Witold Klawe, and Pat Murphy to present information on the species biology and life history, human commercial and recreational uses of them, and important aspects of research and management.

Now an augmented and much improved fourth edition of that book has been published by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. Considerably revised, it includes 28 full-page color plates of the various species, including 23 of Mattson's watercolors. The book is further enhanced by many other photographs, color species distribution maps, and line drawings of 61 species. Maps were prepared by Tamotsu Nakata and other art was by Kenneth S. Raymond, Henry M. Orr, Makoto Miyake, Sigeiti Hayashi, Harry and Christina Bremner, Joan Cooley, and Andrzej Lojszczyk. The cover photograph is a striking underwater color photograph of yellowfin tuna by NMFS scientist Bill High. The publication will likely be appreciated by anyone, professional or not, who has an interest in these species. The 69-page paperbound book also includes world records of the species and a bibliography, and it is available from "Tuna and Billfish Book," P.O. Box 271, La Jolla, CA 92038 for $15.75 postpaid.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Mar 22, 1989
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