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New Book on Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing

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Cover of new book edited by Peter Barnes and James Thomas.
Above: Cover of new book edited by Peter Barnes (USGS) and James Thomas (NOAA).

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cooperate in many ways. Recently, USGS work with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service has focused on mapping benthic ecosystems, determining the geology and sedimentology of ecosystem substrates, and understanding substrate stability. Some of the results of this work are now available in a new book published by the American Fisheries Society in September 2005, entitled Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing. The book's 60 papers and 100 abstracts cover a broad range of geologic, biologic, sociologic, and management research. The volume is an outgrowth of an Ecological Society of America Symposium, "Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats: Linking Geology, Biology, Socioeconomics, and Management," organized and underwritten by NOAA and the USGS. The symposium was held November 12-14, 2002, in Tampa, Fla. (see December 2002/January 2003 Sound Waves article, "Symposium on the Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats").

The new book identifies several information and research needs, including:

  • Systematic physical and biological characterization (maps) of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • A national seabed-classification scheme
  • Linking of fisheries and ecosystems to benthic-habitat characteristics and dynamics
  • Comparisons of natural and human-induced changes
  • Extrapolation of site-specific studies to regional fishery-management areas
  • New technology for assessing seabed habitat

The full reference for the volume is Barnes, Peter W., and Thomas, James P., eds., 2005, Benthic habitats and the effects of fishing: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 41, Bethesda, Md. Copies have been sent to USGS science centers and libraries and are available from the American Fisheries Society's online bookstore. The 890-page hardcover book with index costs $53.00 for American Fisheries Society members, $75.00 for nonmembers.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Symposium on the Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats
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