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Eels and Humans

  • The first book to cover all aspects of eel-related sciences, i.e., cultural, social and natural sciences

  • Comparisons of eel-related topics among countries show the historical link between eels and humankind

  • The comprehensive understanding of eels developed in the book will lead to enhanced understanding of the need for conservation of endangered eels

Part of the book series: Humanity and the Sea (HUMSEA)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Eels and People in the United Kingdom

    • David Righton, Mandy Roberts
    Pages 1-12
  3. Eels in Culture, Fisheries and Science in Denmark

    • Suzanne Rindom, Jonna Tomkiewicz, Peter Munk, Kim Aarestrup, Thomas Damm Als, Michael Ingemann Pedersen et al.
    Pages 41-60
  4. European Eels: Dutch Fisheries, Culture and Eel Migration

    • Guido E. E. J. M. van den Thillart
    Pages 61-74
  5. Freshwater Eels and People in France

    • Eric Feunteun, Tony Robinet
    Pages 75-89
  6. Eels and the Japanese: An Inseparable, Long-Standing Relationship

    • Mari Kuroki, Martien J. P. van Oijen, Katsumi Tsukamoto
    Pages 91-108
  7. Eels and the Korean People

    • Tae Won Lee
    Pages 109-116
  8. Freshwater Eels and Humans in Taiwan

    • Wann-Nian Tzeng
    Pages 129-142
  9. The American Eel: A Fish of Mystery and Sustenance for Humans

    • Michael J. Miller, John M. Casselman
    Pages 155-169
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 171-177

About this book

This book explains much of what is known currently about freshwater eels, focusing on social and cultural aspects as well as science. A wealth of eel-related material is presented by scientists from around the world, including information on eel fishing, resources, distribution, aquaculture, economics, cuisine, environment and ecosystems, idioms, arts and crafts, tradition, legends, mythology, archaeology and even memorial services.

Eels are important as food for humankind and are an interesting model for scientists studying animal migration and reproductive ecology. Their snake-like morphology differentiates them from most other fish, and their unpredictable behaviour that allows them to move over wet land and climb rocks adjacent to waterfalls attracts attention and evokes curiosity. Eels are therefore considered to be enigmatic creatures or metaphysical entities beyond human intelligence; indeed, they have been deified in parts of the world.

In recent decades, however, with global populations of eels in sharp decline, some species face a real threat of extinction, and effective conservation strategies and measures are needed. Comparisons across these issues between various countries provide an image of a long-lasting relationship between eels and humankind, and encourage comprehensive and detailed understanding of eels from the perspectives of social, cultural and natural sciences. By promoting understanding of the close relationship between eels and humans, the broader public is engaged and public awareness of eel importance raised, helping to conserve these unique but endangered fish.

                                                                 

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Cuisine
  • Eel
  • Fisheries
  • Legends
  • marine and freshwater sciences
  • Fish and Wildlife Biology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. of Marine Science and Resources, Nihon University College of Bioresource Sciences, Fujisawa, Japan

    Katsumi Tsukamoto

  • The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

    Mari Kuroki

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-4-431-54529-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)