populations are often sensitive to over-exploitation and pollution, especially eutrophication. Regular meetings to assess the biology and management of coregonids are therefore to be welcomed. This large volume contains 40 peer-reviewed papers
on current topics in coregonid research grouped into five sections. An introductory section consists of nine papers dealing with genetics and evolution. The first and last of these papers are lengthy and useful reviews dealing with genetic markers and the coregonid problem, and the geography of speciation and adaptive radiation in coregonids. Both reviews are impressive
and provide comprehensive coverage of the literature on the genetics and speciation of this family. Between these two reviews are seven shorter papers describing specific examples of genetic variability. The next section on biology, life history and population dynamics is the longest in the book with fourteen chapters. This is a mixed bunch of shorter papers dealing chiefly with different aspects of population dynamics, but also topics such as the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on gene expression, and the effects of cormorant predation on coregonids. I was impressed by the novel technique of using intra-otolith stable isotope profiles to reconstruct the thermal history of whitefish over the growing season in Lake Annecy. A general review, similar to those in the last section, would have been a welcome addition to this section, but unfortunately is absent.
The third section on invasive species is the shortest in the book with only four papers. These include the harmful effects on whitefish populations of introduced ruffe, Gymnocephalus cernuus (L.), the boom and bust
population dynamics of vendace introduced into a subarctic watercourse, and how the co-existence of resident Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus
(L.), and introduced whitefish depends upon the intensive fishing of the latter species.
|Title of host publication||Biology and management of coregonid fishes - 2008|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Advances in Limnology|
- species introductions
- habitat management
- public awareness
- Bassenthwaite Lake
- Derwent Water
- Loch Skeen