Fishes of the Last Frontier: Life Histories, Biology, Ecology, and Management of Alaska's Fishes

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Fishes of the Last Frontier answers many of your fish questions and others you haven't even thought of yet in a nontechnical, plain talk voice. Learn about the fishes that are of value or special interest to Alaskans: how fish are able to survive and grow, how they get along with each other--or not--and what they eat, where and how our Alaska fishes spawn, the difference between a red and a redd, and the difference between anadromous and catadromous and why that is important. The author, a fishery scientist with nearly 50 years of experience and training, including more than 30 years in Alaska, describes the life history characteristics of 43 species of fishes valuable or important in some way to Alaskans. He delves into various aspects of biology and ecology of fish and provides insight into how humans and fish interact. The processes of fishery management in Alaska are described. Fishes of the Last Frontier includes fishes from throughout Alaska in fresh, brackish, and marine waters and sport, commercial, and subsistence fisheries. Learn not just how anadromous fish find their way home but also how scientists were able to learn the details. Nontechnical readers have reported the presentations as enjoyable, understandable, and informative.
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William J. (Bill) Hauser has been trying to catch fish or trying to learn about fish since he was a youngster. He began fishing with his father and grandfather shortly after he learned to walk. Formal training as a fish biologist began during his college years at the University of Wisconsin where he received a B.S. degree in Zoology. More education continued with a M.S. degree in Fish and Wildlife Management at Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Maine. Bill has participated in fishery work in most of the major regions of the United States in a career that began in 1964 as an assistant to graduate students. Bill has lived and worked in Alaska since 1980, including a 22-year tenure as a fishery biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which included a variety of fishery projects in many parts of Alaska. Most of his studies were about salmon, but some studies included other fishes as well. He learned more about other fishes through his involvement with the American Fisheries Society. Bill writes a column, FISH TALK, for the monthly newsletter of the Alaska Fly Fishers. He has published technical scientific reports about fish and a book, Letters From Alaska, The Inside to the Outside, that depicts many of his experiences while living, working, and recreating in many parts of Alaska. Bill lives in Anchorage with his wife, Karel.

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Nov 12, 2014
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Nature / Animals / Fish
Nature / Animals / Marine Life
Nature / Ecology
Nature / Natural Resources
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