Review: Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources By Gene S. Helfman Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller Helfman, Gene S. Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2007. 584 p. ISBN 978-1-55963- 596-7. $85.00, Cloth. Recycled, acid free paper.
Gene S. Helfman (emeritus professor at the Institute of Ecology and the Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainability Development at the University of Georgia, Athens) steps up to the plate to produce a textbook focusing on the conservation biology research that has accumulated about our sometimes forgotten fish and marine mammal relatives.
One should have taken a course in Ichthyology to better appreciate the text and understand all the technical terms, but thankfully there is a glossary. The work is lively, with references to popular works by famous marine environmentalists and writers who have focused on oceanic issues.
There are over 2000 references in this book to print materials, and it also includes websites where one can see what has progressed in the areas covered since this mammoth work was published in 2007. This well-written textbook, with its occasional signs of flair, is comprehensive, modest, and alarming. Helfman documents the damage we have caused to marine life. …