Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 12: 111, 2002.
This issue of RFBF is devoted to studies, checklists, and new research involving Méxican freshwater ﬁsh and
ﬁsheries. The special issue represents the completion of a personal goal and fulﬁllment of an objective to bring
important international focus to México’s interesting and little known freshwater ﬁsh fauna. The process of assem-
bling this issue started at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
held at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, La Paz, B.C.S., México, June, 14–20, 2000. Despite
pending publication of Robert Rush Miller’s long awaited book on this topic (see Hendrickson et al.’s dedication
to Dr. Miller), several Méxican and U.S. scientists at that meeting expressed a need for a medium for getting
Méxican freshwater ﬁsheries work into peer-reviewed scientiﬁc journals. There were two apparent barriers to this
activity – ﬁrst the language barrier which prevents many of México’s best scientists from easily publishing in
the scientiﬁc literature primarily dominated by the English language; and second the fact that despite signiﬁcant
research on México’s marine ﬁsheries resources in the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico, little support
(with few exceptions) has been forthcoming for freshwater research in Mexico. Indeed, when I ﬁrst started working
on Méxican trout in 1992, there were no formal University programs in México dedicated to graduate studies of
freshwater ﬁshes (H. Espinoza, pers. comm.) Despite the limited information available on these critical resources
outside of México, the importance of peer-review scientiﬁc publications dedicated to freshwater fauna has never
been underestimated both within México and throughout the rest of the world. So the evolution of this special issue
began to take shape.
Currently, more and more resources are dedicated to the study and conservation of these unique and interesting
ﬁshes. Many new, young scientists from México recognize the importance placed on these resources by the few
dedicated voices from the past, and now carry the torch for the sustainability and conservation of native resources
in the lakes and rivers of México. Let’s hope that this issue is the ﬁrst in many such publications on Méxican
freshwater ﬁsh and ﬁsheries in the future.