Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Fisheries Acoustics Theory and Practice by John Simmonds, David N. MacLennan

Fisheries Acoustics Theory and Practice


Part of the Fish and Aquatic Resources Series


Fisheries Acoustics Theory and Practice by John Simmonds, David N. MacLennan

Living resources of the sea and fresh water have long been an important source of food and economic activity. With fish stocks continuing to be over-exploited, there is a clear focus on fisheries management, to which acoustic methods can and do make an important contribution. The second edition of this widely used book covers the many technological developments which have occurred since the first edition; highly sophisticated sonar and computer processing equipment offer great new opportunities, and Fisheries Acoustic, 2e provides the reader with a better understanding of how to interpret acoustic observations and put them to practical use. The features include: well known and respected authors; emphasis on practical acoustic methods; and detailed coverage of a commercially and environmentally important subject. It is a vital tool for fisheries scientists, fisheries oceanographers, environmental biologists, ecologists, population biologists, fish biologists, and marine biologists. It is useful for all those involved with design and use of acoustic equipment. Libraries in research establishments, government stations and universities where fisheries science is studied or taught will find this a welcome addition to their shelves.


This very useful guide is now in its second considerably improved and updated edition ... highly recommended. (Work Boat World, October 2008)

The new volume of Fisheries Acoustics captures the advances in the technology associated with the use of acoustics to find, classify, size, enumerate, examine the behaviour of, and help manage various types of fish. (Reviews in Fisheries Science, November 2006)

A thorough treatment of the acoustic instruments, sophisticated displays, and microprocessor-based signal processing used throughout the world to map the distribution of fish, estimate biomass, locate fish shoals, monitor fish movement, and study fish behavior. Emphasizes the practical methods for assessing fish stock; also discusses the design, execution, and interpretation of surveys, drawing from examples in many parts of the world. (Book News (SciTech Book News), September 2005)

If you really want to know how depth sounders, sonars and their ilk work, you need this book. If you want to learn how to use your fish finding equipment more effectively, you need it even more. (Ausmarine)

This textbook is an essential reference for professionals involved with the design and use of acoustic equipment for assessing fisheries and plankton populations...this book will be an invaluable tool for any practitioner or researcher requiring an understanding of the fundamentals of fisheries acoustics.the modernised edition is timely and welcome (Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries (2007), 17:633-634)

About the Author

John Simmonds is the Head of Pelagic Fisheries Research at the FRS Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, UK David MacLennan is a consultant in fisheries research and technology, and a former Deputy Director at the FRS Marine Laboratory

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

2nd August 2005


John Simmonds, David N. MacLennan

More books by John Simmonds, David N. MacLennan
Author 'Like for Like'


Blackwell Science Ltd an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


456 pages


Aquaculture & fish-farming: practice & techniques



I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.


I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton