A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is a comprehensive, current, & accurate identification guide to the more than 1,000 nearshore & offshore fishes that live in brackish & marine waters from Maine to Texas.
Val Kells & Kent Carpenter bring decades of experience to this project. With Kells' detailed, vivid illustrations & Carpenter's deep knowledge of biology, taxonomy, & nomenclature, this book captures the stunning diversity of species along America's eastern shores. Key features of the book include:
• more than 1,000 full-color illustrations, set side-by-side with descriptions of each fish
• details about the biology of each species
• habitat, distribution, & size information
Reliable & up-to-date, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is the most complete book ever published on East & Gulf Coast fishes—perfect for boat, home, or classroom. Its beautiful design & accessible format make it an ideal guide for fishermen, divers, students, scientists, naturalists, & fish enthusiasts alike.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:</B
"I was surprised to discover just how comprehensive & well-illustrated this book is. Good field guides don't come along too often... But this one covers well over 1,000 species & includes everything you're likely to encounter from the coastal bays out to 200 meter (660 foot) deep waters. Flip through, & you'll discover species you didn't imagine existed (the Atlantic Spiney Lumpfish? The Freckled Driftfish?) as well as the ones you know & love... to catch!"—Lenny Rudow, Boater Mouth
"Sized to fit inside the tackle-box, center console, dive bag, tote, or back-pack... If you've seen or caught a fish anywhere along the coast from Maine to Texas, from shallow inshore bays to offshore depths of about 660 feet, it is most likely identified here."—Reid Martin
“A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes will soon become my go to reference book. Val Kells & Kent Carpenter have combined their talents & wealth of experience to produce an accurate, easy-to-use field guide that clearly explains & shows a reader how to correctly identify coastal fishes. This book is a must have item for anyone who works with or has an interest in fish, fishing, & the marine environment. After seeing this book, I've discovered I need two copies; one for my office & one for my boat!"—Joe Malat, Joe Malat Communications
"Magnificent book. Thank you Val & Kent for this labor of extraordinarily detailed, painstaking & accurate artwork/scientific illustration inseparable. It is the go-to reference of images & complementary text."—John Karges, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Chapter
"This book is a wonderful identification guide... It will make an excellent addition to any tying library both for its detailed baitfish illustrations as well as a tool for catch identification & research."—Stuart Patterson, Florida Fly Fishing Mgazine
"A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is a resource that shouldn't be overlooked for any student of marine life."—Midwest Book Review
"Val Kells's illustrations are vivid & beautiful. The comprehensiveness of this text, along with the amount of detail in both illustration & text, are impressive. For these reasons, along with the very reasonable price, I would recommend this book to my colleagues in the scientific community, as well as to my fishing & diving companions."—Evan K D'Alessandro, Bulletin of Marine Science
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Val Kells is a marine science illustrator whose clients include publishers, designers, museums, nature centers, & aquariums. Her work has appeared in over 30 public aquariums & museums & numerous publications.
Kent Carpenter is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. He is author & editor of numerous publications, including the multivolume FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes.