“Australian Fisheries Resources” is the most comprehensive reference on the marine and freshwater species taken in commercial and recreational fisheries in Australian waters. It was produced by the Bureau of Resource Sciences, Department of Primary Industries and Energy, Australia, more than 350 contributors from all parts of Australia helped put the information together and peer review it.
Chapter 1: The book begins with an overview of Australia’s fisheries resources, industries, products, markets, management and research.
Chapter 2: Australia’s fisheries resources rely on many diverse habitats for their feeding, breeding, movements and growth. The habitat that sustains these resources ranges from deep oceans to coral reefs, shallow coastal waters, and rivers and lakes.
Chapter 3: Fish are harvested in Australian waters with a wide range of gear, including hook and line, nets and traps.
Chapter 4: The catch must be processed, bearing in mind both fish quality and marketing.
Chapter 5: More than 140 species are taken in quantities greater than 100 tonnes or valued at more than A$1 million. Their distribution, breeding, growth, feeding, harvesting and management are all important aspects of their sustainability as resources. This chapter provides technically accurate details where they are known, and also describes the gaps in our knowledge.
Chapter 6: Species that are taken in quantities less than 100 tonnes or valued at less than A$1 million are described in this chapter.
Glossary and summary table: Explanations of technical terms and a quick reference guide to all of the species are provided in the final chapter.