Guide to the Marine Sport Fishes of Atlantic Canada and New England


307 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-8020-6798-0
DDC 597.092'145




Reviewed by Anthony G. Gulig

Anthony G. Gulig teaches history at the University of Saskatchewan.


This comprehensive and informative work should find its way onto many
sport-fishing boats in the Maritime and New England region.

While its early sections deal with commercial fishing and fishing
history, the bulk of the book consists of descriptions and explanations
of species biology and habitat. Most valuable of all are the appendices:
information on knot-tying, recording the catch, and preparing the catch
will provide new information to enlighten even the most seasoned angler.

The book’s major flaw is a failure to provide information about
boating safety and rescue. Aside from a general warning to boaters not
to “operate a boat on the sea, even in sight of land, without proper
training,” the only safety information provided is a two-page
commentary on resuscitation techniques.

With the exception noted above, this work is carefully researched,
written, and arranged. Sound bibliographical references will assist
those interested in further study of individual species or habitat.


Coad, Brian W., “Guide to the Marine Sport Fishes of Atlantic Canada and New England,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024,