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Nature Environmental Conservation & Protection

Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada

edited by Brian W. Coad & James D. Reist

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2017
Environmental Conservation & Protection, General, General
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Because of its wide geographic scope and harsh conditions, Canada’s Arctic presents many challenges for researchers and biologists. In this book, scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature and Fisheries and Oceans Canada present a guide to the marine fishes found in Arctic Canadian waters and featuring up-to-date research on 222 species. Each of the 58 families is described in a general account followed by species accounts comprising common name, taxonomy, physical description and identification, habitat data, biology, distribution, commercial importance, and traditional knowledge. Many of the species are known only to scientists and come from the deeper waters of the Davis Strait while others have been important food sources for Indigenous peoples for millennia.


A wide-ranging general introduction looks at the history of research, fish habitats, climate, fisheries, fish structure, and the collection and preservation of fishes while an essay on traditional ecological knowledge provides an important perspective. Exquisite black-and-white drawings of each species complement colour photos and illustrations. Finally, new range maps showing distributions across Arctic Canada were created for this volume.


The book will be a welcome reference work for Northern residents, biologists and ecologists, environmental groups, and resource extraction companies operating in the North, as well as commercial and amateur fishers in Canada and in other circumpolar countries.

About the authors

Brian W. Coad is a retired research associate with the Canadian Museum of Nature.

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James D. Reist is a research scientist and Program Lead with Fisheries of Oceans Canada.

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  • Winner, Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work

Editorial Reviews

Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada is a beautiful book…. Coad and Reist both bring considerable expertise to this subject…. A must have book…Highly recommended.’

Choice Magazine vol 55:11:2018