Humanity and the Sea

Eels and Humans

Editors: Tsukamoto, Katsumi, Kuroki, Mari (Eds.)

  • 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
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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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Eels and People in the United Kingdom

    Righton, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Eels and People in Ireland: From Mythology to International Eel Stock Conservation

    McCarthy, T. Kieran

    Pages 13-40

  • Eels in Culture, Fisheries and Science in Denmark

    Rindom, Suzanne (et al.)

    Pages 41-60

  • European Eels: Dutch Fisheries, Culture and Eel Migration

    Thillart, Guido E. E. J. M.

    Pages 61-74

  • Freshwater Eels and People in France

    Feunteun, Eric (et al.)

    Pages 75-89

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54529-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54528-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: September 22, 2016
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56337-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eels and Humans
Editors
  • Katsumi Tsukamoto
  • Mari Kuroki
Series Title
Humanity and the Sea
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54529-3
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54529-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54528-6
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56337-2
Series ISSN
2213-607X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 177
Number of Illustrations and Tables
74 b/w illustrations, 81 illustrations in colour
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