Australian Saltwater fish species Guide
Textbook for TROPICAL MARINE FISH ID, this book was developed as a general Fish ID guide, the aim of which is to provide the average person a means by which a basic level of information can be referred to and systematically absorbed.
The object is to bring the fantastic diversity of marine fishes into focus, so that everybody can easily identify sea fish in a way that is reliable and provides simple, easy reference arranged as a constant system that is easily followed.
Born and bred to sustenance fishing on the Lane Cove River in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, I was already familiar with the few sea fish species I’d caught, jagged, trapped, netted, or speared with a torch along the shores at night.
I knew leatherjackets, bream, catfish, conger eels, flathead, mullet, blackfish, scorpionfish, garfish, hardyheads, yellowtails, slimy mackerel, tailor and sharks.
I was brought up to be very keen on fish and fishing. For our family it was a matter what could be scrounged, or caught from the local river and foreshores as to whether we ate, or went hungry. I was a good learner.
My “Solvol Fish Book” gave me the first impressions of an ocean of marine fishes beyond even a small boy’s imagination; bizarre shapes and forms, complex patterns and a kaleidoscope of colours.
hich lived in the abyss. Fantastic sea creatures of which so little was known; I wanted to catch them all…
This was my first idea of a Marine Life ID guide.
By the time I had been scuba diving for a few years I realised just how easy it was for a few good spearfishermen to decimate the inshore reefs of fish, and my attitude to fishing altered.
On my Australian Coastal Marine Expedition ( 1969/73) I worked on every type of fishing vessel to get experience and I saw how much incidental catch there was, and how tonnes of non saleable Marine Life and sea creatures got shovelled overboard from the trawlers every night.
I was totally blown away and thought that if I could bring attention to sea fish as living animals of nature, perhaps humans ( including myself) might have a better understanding and not be as destructive.
In 1973 I managed to persuade a publisher to take on the first Underwater Photographic Marine Fishes ID book published in Australia. it was published in 1974.
I was crushed by the answer…… “Don’t touch the books, if you sign them they will be damaged and we can’t get our money back when we return them.”
I didn’t catch all the species in the Solvol Fish Book by a long shot, but I did pioneer the first Australian Underwater Photographic Fish ID Guide in 1974.
Years later, I still hadn’t caught many species with a line, BUT I certainly
“Captured a lot of Marine Fish by Camera”
Australian Sea Fishes South 30 [degrees] and Australian Sea Fishes North 30 [degrees[ (1980) sold over 45, 000 copies.
I also completed and published the first Australian photographic fish books on biology and behaviour, Australian Marine Fish ( Biology) 1992 followed by Australian Fish Behaviour (1993).
Assur abolished cannibalism2013-02-08 09:04:59 by balladromic
Humans are a predatory species. We are the top predators on this planet. We prey on plants. We prey on animals. We prey on fish, mammals, mollusks, and on the other predators in the seas. Although humans dont generally eat a lot of insects, we prey on insect products like honey and silk, and the shells of beetles that we use for dyes.
We prey on everything including other humans. How widely cannibalism was practiced amongst our ancestors isn't clearly known, but the abolition of cannibalism was one of Assur's legendary deeds. Cannibalism has been universally suppressed so we don't eat other people, but we still prey upon their products, their labor, their lands, and their resources.
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