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  Marine species biological data collection manual

 
Marine species biological data collection manual
The purpose of this manual is to provide fishery observers, and in general fishery data collectors, with a detailed description of the procedures required to collect biological data from the most important fishery groups that can be encountered while at sea. It is intended as a complement to the standard observer manuals issued by States and/or Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and Arrangements (RFMO/As) and takes into account the additional requirements regarding vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) included in the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas.
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  Identification guide to the deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Pacific Ocean

 
Identification guide to the deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Pacific Ocean
English Ed., 2016:This fully illustrated guide is designed to assist with the identification of a selection of deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the southeastern Pacific Ocean (FAO Fishing Area 87), that are of major, moderate or minor importance to fisheries.

Ed. española, 2016: Esta guía ilustrada está diseñada para ayudar en la identificación de una selección de peces cartilaginosos de aguas profundas del Océano Pacífico sudoriental (Área de Pesca 87, FAO), que son de mayor, moderada o menor importancia para las pesquerías.
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  Principales especies pesqueras marinas de Guinea Ecuatorial

 
Principales especies pesqueras marinas de Guinea Ecuatorial
Esta guía de bolsillo es la primera herramienta de identificación de especies para recursos pesqueros marinos de Guinea Ecuatorial y ha sido elaborada con la información obtenida por el autor durante el trabajo de campo realizado en los meses de abril y agosto de 2015. Las especies incluidas fueron seleccionadas por tener una gran importancia para las pesquerías marinas costeras del país.
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  Identification guide to common sharks and rays of the Caribbean

 
Identification guide to common sharks and rays of the Caribbean
This identification guide includes a selection of shark and ray species occurring in the Wider Caribbean Region, that is the waters of the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent thereto. In total, 41 shark and 20 ray species are included.
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  Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Atlantic Ocean

 
Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Atlantic Ocean
This fully illustrated guide is designed to assist with the identification of a selection of deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Atlantic Ocean and that portion of Southwestern Indian Ocean from 18°42’E to 30°00’E (FAO Fishing Area 47), that are of major, moderate or minor importance to fisheries. In this region, the deep–sea chondrichthyan fauna is currently represented by 50 shark, 20 batoid and 8 chimaera species. This guide includes full species accounts for 37 shark, 9 batoid and 4 chimaera species selected as being the more difficult to identify and/or commonly caught.
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  Important coastal fishery species of Pakistan - A pocket guide

 
Important coastal fishery species of Pakistan
This pocket guide was developed to assist in the quick field identification of important commercial species and can be useful to: ichthyologists; fishery data collectors, observers and inspectors; consumers; fishery science teachers; and everybody interested in the marine fauna and fisheries of Pakistan. Users must keep in mind that they will encounter many other and often similar marine species in the landings and at markets. To help identify these species a mini disk is included containing more comprehensive FAO identification guides for fishery resources in Pakistan and the Western Indian Ocean.
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  On-board guide for the identification of pelagic sharks and rays - Western Indian Ocean

 
On-board guide for the identification of pelagic sharks and rays – Western Indian Ocean
The present field guide is designed to assist in the identification of pelagic sharks and rays of the Western Indian Ocean that are major, moderate, or minor importance to fisheries. It encompasses the offshore, high seas portion of FAO Fishing Area 51. The Western Indian Ocean pelagic elasmobranch fauna is currently represented by thirty four shark species and seven ray species. This field guide includes full species accounts for all known species, although it is acknowledged that some vagrant species not included here may on occasion be caught.
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  Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Indian Ocean

 
Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Indian Ocean
This fully illustrated guide is designed to assist with the identification of a selection of deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the Indian Ocean that are of major, moderate or minor importance to fisheries. It encompasses FAO Fishing Areas 51 and 57, and that part of Area 47 that extends from Cape Point, South Africa to the east, e.g. the extreme southwestern Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean deep–sea chondrichthyan fauna is currently represented by 117 shark, 61 batoid and 17 chimaera species. This guide includes (a) full species accounts for 36 shark species selected as being the more difficult to identify and/or commonly caught, (b) short accounts for 17 shark species that have very particular characteristics and/or are rarely caught, and (c) information on additional 52 shark species that could be misidentified with more common species occurring in the area.
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  Important coastal fishery species of Liberia

 
Important coastal fishery species of Liberia

Important coastal fishery species of Liberia
This pocket guide is the first species identification tool for marine fishery resources in Liberia and was produced based on information collected by the author during a field trip to Liberia in January 2013. The 36 species included were selected because of primary importance for the coastal marine fisheries in the country. It should be noted that there are many more marine species exploited by coastal fisheries in Liberia than could not be included here. The format of the pocket guide was developed for use by non-taxonomists and to facilitate communication with practitioners (fishers and marketers).
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  North Atlantic sharks relevant to fisheries management – A pocket guide

 
North Atlantic sharks relevant to fisheries management – A pocket guide

North Atlantic sharks relevant to fisheries management – A pocket guide
This Pocket Guide presents a fully illustrated identification guide to a selection of shark species of the North Atlantic. It encompasses FAO fishing area 27 (Eastern North Atlantic) extending essentially from the North Pole to latitude 36°N in the central Atlantic, bordered on the west by the coast of eastern Greenland and longitude 40°W in the Central North Atlantic and area 21 (Western North Atlantic) from Eastern Greenland westwards to the Arctic waters of northern Canada at 120°W, and from northern Arctic waters at about 78° 10’N southwards to Cape Hatteras at 35°N. The North Atlantic shark fauna is currently represented by eighty-four species, thirty of which occur in area 27, fourteen in area 21, while forty species are widespread throughout both areas. This pocket guide includes thirty-eight species selected as being most relevant to commercial fisheries, vulnerable to exploitation due to their life history characteristics, or taken in large numbers as discarded by-catch.
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  North Atlantic batoids and chimaeras relevant to fisheries management – A pocket guide

 
North Atlantic batoids and chimaeras relevant to fisheries management

North Atlantic batoids and chimaeras relevant to fisheries management
This Pocket Guide presents a fully illustrated identification guide to a selection of batoid and chimaera species of the North Atlantic. It encompasses FAO fishing area 27 (Eastern North Atlantic) extending essentially from the North Pole to latitude 36°N in the central Atlantic, bordered on the west by the coast of eastern Greenland and longitude 40°W in the Central North Atlantic, and area 21 (Western North Atlantic) from Eastern Greenland westwards to the Arctic waters of northern Canada at 120°W, and from northern Arctic waters at about 78° 10’N southwards to Cape Hatteras at 35°N. The North Atlantic batoid fauna is currently represented by fifty-six species, thirtythree of which occur in area 27, seven in area 21, while sixteen species are widespread throughout both areas. Of the total of eight chimaera species known to occur in the North Atlantic, six are distributed throughout both areas, with two species occurring only in area 27. This pocket guide includes thirty-three species of batoids and three chimaeras selected as being most relevant to commercial fisheries, vulnerable to exploitation due to their life history characteristics, or taken in large numbers as discarded by-catch.
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  Commercially important coastal fishes of Kenya

 
Commercially important coastal fishes of Kenya

Commercially important coastal fishes of Kenya
This FAO FishFinder pocket guide was developed to assist in the quick field identification of important commercial species and can be useful to: ichthyologists; fishery data collectors, observers and inspectors; consumers; fishery science teachers; and everybody else interested in the marine fauna and fisheries of Kenya. The FAO FishFinder pocket guide user must keep in mind that he/she will encounter many other and often similar marine species in the landings and at markets.
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  Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

 
Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden
This set of cards on Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden is aiming at providing a quick reference and identification tool for the elasmobranches of the area. The pocket format and the plastic support make it an easy-to-carry tool that can be used in wet environments and underwater.The use of colour paintings instead of photographs was retained as it gives better possibilities to show all the characteristic features on a single illustration and also provides a reliable representation of the colours
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  Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea

 
Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea
This set of cards on Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea is aiming at providing a quick reference and identification tool for the elasmobranches of the area. The pocket format and the plastic support make it an easy-to-carry tool that can be used in wet environments and underwater.The use of colour paintings instead of photographs was retained as it gives better possibilities to show all the characteristic features on a single illustration and also provides a reliable representation of the colours
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