"A must have for those with an interest in the fishes of the region." -- Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay is an incredibly valuable and overdue update on the myriad species that now inhabit North America's largest estuary. This work is a must have for anglers, naturalists, scientists, outdoors people and anyone who just loves the Chesapeake Bay. Authors (and scientists) Murdy and Musick should be congratulated for such a comprehensive effort and the illustrations of artist Val Kells are nothing short of extraordinary."  -- Dennis Doyle, Bay Weekly

"Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake, from the freshwater head of tide on the rivers to the salty Virginia Capes and the Atlantic. The science is solid, as it should be from two veteran bay ichthyologists, but it also carries an engaging human touch that brings each species to life through brief but informative paragraphs on where and how often it turns up in the Chesapeake, what it eats, and why it is important ecologically, commercially, and recreationally. This field guide will certainly find a place on my skiff."—John Page Williams, Senior Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

"Finally! A truly comprehensive and well-illustrated field guide to the fishes of the Chesapeake Bay is available. The book contains over 200 full-color illustrations and easy-to-read reference text. You'll find not only great illustrations of Chesapeake Bay fishes, but sharks, rays and skates as well. This book also wins the 'award' for the most requested book that my coworkers would like to 'borrow'. -- Wendy Gilbert,

"Director of the National Science Foundation office in Tokyo, Murdy and Musick (emeritus, marine science, College of William and Mary, Virginia) catalogue fish in the largest of US estuaries, with a watershed that encompasses six states on the east coast between New York and Virginia. Entries averaging about a half page in length discuss key features, habitat and habits, occurrence in the Chesapeake Bay, reproduction, food habits, and importance. The information is oriented towards fishing, and the excellent drawings by marine science illustrator Val Kells are not fanciful in-habitat creations, but aids for identifying the species of the fish..." -- Book News, Inc.

"The guide's authors and illustrator all have Virginia connections which is evident throughout. Fishing enthusiasts will find information on feeding patterns, prey, locations and common fishing techniques. For commercial and game fish, historic catch totals are provided to give context on abundance of the species in the bay. Anyone who seeks to know more about the fish that swim in bay waters would find this guide both useful and easy to navigate." -- Leah Price,

"The authors accomplished what they set out to and did it well. Those with an interest in fishes of the Chesapeake Bay should buy the book: they won't be sorry." -- William D. Anderson, Jr., Copeia, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

"Overall, a very useful guide to fish of the region. Recommended." -- A. J. Scripta, Choice Magazine

"...the new Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake." -- John Page Williams, Chesapeake Bay Magazine

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