A.J. Paul, Earl G. Dawe, Robert Elner, Glen
S. Jamieson, Gordon H. Kruse, Robert S. Otto,
Bernard Sainte-Marie, Thomas C. Shirley, and
Douglas Woodby (eds.), Crabs In Cold Water
Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics.
Symposium Proceedings. University of Alaska Sea
Grant College Program. Hard cover, 876 pp.
Bed time reading it’s not, but this thick book
serves as a great reference for anything you would
ever want to know about cold water crabs. And,
this book will likely teach things you did not even
know you wanted to learn. The book compiles
papers written for the 19th Lowell Wakeﬁeld
Fisheries Symposium: ‘‘Crabs In Cold Water Re-
gions: Biology, Management, and Economics.’’ As
the title implies, the articles in this scholarly work
range from crab life history, reproduction, and
population dynamics to management and eco-
nomics. Many of the articles are from other cold
water regions of the world, including Argentina,
Greenland, and Norway. The articles explore
information on an extensive number of commer-
cially important crab species.
For the most part, the articles are well edited
and readable. The articles augment and update
existing scientiﬁc literature by presenting case
studies, literature reviews, and/or basic research.
Reading and understanding every article would
require an extensive interdisciplinary background
and one long Alaskan winter. However, this pre-
sentation of diverse information is vital as crab
ﬁsheries management evolves to a more holistic
approach. The book is also a useful desk reference
for learning the various approaches and method-
ologies used in crab ﬁsheries science. It is the
perfect ﬁrst step when researching diverse subjects
related to cold water crabs throughout the world.
And, you never know when you will need to be
versed in the reproductive cycle of helmet crab or
the relative trophic position of Cancer magister
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T.G. Northcote and G.F. Hartman (eds.), Fishes
and Forestry Worldwide Watershed Interactions and
Management. Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 89 pp.
The world’s forests, and the watersheds they are
found in, are critical to the long-term sustain-
ability of local economies and aquatic resources.
The world’s forests are under increasing stress
resulting from a worldwide increased demand for
wood products. The need to understand the
relationships between industrial forestry, water-
sheds, aquatic habitat and species dependent
upon them becomes more pressing. The publica-
tion of Fishes and Forestry is timely and relevant.
Today almost half of the world’s former forest
cover is gone, with minimal chances of major
replacement. This book ﬁlls an important multi-
discipline assessment of forestry and ﬁsheries
interactions furthering the understanding of the
relationships between watershed ecological pro-
cesses and functions and industrial forest activi-
The book is divided into six major areas with
well-developed papers on: forest watershed
ecology; ﬁsh biology and ecology, forest activities,
forest eﬀects on aquatic systems and ﬁshes, North
American ﬁsh–forestry interactions; and non-
North American ﬁsh–forestry interactions. The
majority of the book focused on North American
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