By admin ~ June 1st, 2013. Filed under: Chesapeake/Mid-Atl.
Learning about the history of the Chesapeake Bay and its natural workings is one of the many reasons why I like boating in the Mid-Atlantic. If you’re like me, you will be interested in a new field guide describing the Bay’s native and introduced fish species. Co- written by Professor Emeritus Jack Musick of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Dr. Ed Murdy of the National Science Foundation, the 346- page guide offers detailed information about the fishes’ key features,habitat, range, reproduction cycle, food habits, and so on. Entitled Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay, it opens with an in-depth description of the Bay’s watershed and history. Detailed species keys, a glossary and an index aid identification of all 211 species found between the Bay’s headwaters and its mouth at the Atlantic. Species descriptions are accompanied by 227 full-color illustrations by marine science illustrator Val Kells.