Initially, I will be
looking at ABU's attempts to encourage education and identification of
European fish by fishermen. This was very forward thinking action for these
days, as conservation issues, protected species, bag limits, zonings and
fishing seasons were not really big issues for governments or people in
general. Here we see good decisions being made by ABU management ahead
of their time. Even though some attempts at introducing new fish species,
such as the black bass, were to fail, much more good was done than the
damage occurring. Back in the sixties, we even see discussion of fish
farming, in the wonderful ABU catalogues.
Obviously I won't have access to the useful
information about all these continents and I would appreciate anyone with
sufficient knowledge to contribute their ides and photographs to help. These
are not necessarily addressed by ABU but still as ABU fans and practicing
fishermen/fisherwomen it would be useful to share this knowledge for those
of use who aspire to travel and fish the world. I have made many friends
here through this website and Guestbook who have been welcomed to fish with
me on my area of the Great Barrier Reef , Queensland AUSTRALIA and
similarly, I know I am very welcome, when time and money permit, to fish
other locations in the world with new friends.
My favourite old
Australian Document related to fish species is the
I have now finished with this book (click on Solvol above) so if someone feels it could go to a new
home, please advise what you will trade for it.
The ABU Identifish series of wall charts seem to
cover the developed western world although there are other areas covered,
not through the Identifish series, rather by Dream Trips Prizes and
individual articles which I am still discovering as I complete my catalogue
collection. The pelagic type of fish that roam the world's oceans are also
covered in the Identifish series. These are in my new book
The ABU Legacy
to be released sometime in 2010.
In time, more will be documented here, hopefully
with the contributions of others.
World Pelagic Species:
fish Species Part 1,
ABU Identifish Dictionary provides more details of
13 species matched to Fishing Type 1, 2 3, or 4 matched tackle.
Part 3 and even more detail is provided on these particular fish
; singled out for special in-depth study.
European and North American Fish:
From ABU Catalogue
"The Mighty Manseer",
Mr Kinzo and Kyo have submitted some
magnificent photos of a wonderful Salomoid fish called an Ito, peculiar to
his area in Japan, along with Japanese char and grass carp.
More Personal Contributions sought
Contributions coming soon!
Special cases are
located in Fish Conservation Page
More Vic McCristal ...on Identifying species
If anyone has the interest in (perhaps
you are travelling there) and the couple of months spare to read the
material from this link, they will be very well rewarded. It is topical,
conservation-minded and holds some truly wonderful articles that not only
inform, but give one cause for concern for the fisheries of the world. Scope
is also beyond Africa, as I have seen Australian and Chilean information.