Fishes of the Salish Sea

Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca

ISBN 9781772032932
Hardcover | Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Book Dimensions: 10 in. x 9.5 in.
1032 Pages

About the Book

A comprehensive, visually stunning, scientifically accurate guide to the vast variety of fish species in the Salish Sea.

Fishes of the Salish Sea is the definitive guide to the fishes of Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca. Featuring striking illustrations of the Salish Sea’s 260 fish species by noted illustrator Joseph Tomelleri, this comprehensive three-volume set details the ecology and life history of each species, and recounts the region’s rich heritage of marine research and exploration.

Leading scientists Theodore Pietsch and James Wilder Orr present groups of fish populations based on classifications that reflect the most current scientific knowledge. Illustrated taxonomic keys facilitate fast and accurate species identification. These in-depth, yet accessible volumes will prove invaluable to marine biologists, natural resource managers, anglers, divers, students, and all who want to learn about, marvel over, and preserve the vibrant diversity of Salish Sea marine life.

About the Author(s)

Theodore W. Pietsch is professor emeritus in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and curator emeritus of fishes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, both at the University of Washington. He is the author of Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea and Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution.

James Wilder Orr is a fisheries biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.


“Art and science collide magnificently in this monumental three-volume celebration of the 260 species of fishes that infuse the inland marine waters of Washington State and British Columbia with hidden beauty, remarkable diversity and intriguing ways of living.”
—Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence; founder, Mission Blue
"This 1,048-page compilation of the history, taxonomy, and ecology of its 240 fishes is a crowning achievement in the genre. ... An essential addition to the laboratories and libraries of those who study fishes in this Pacific Northwest ecosystem."
BC Studies
"I am impressed by the thoroughness of the coverage of the fish fauna of the Salish Sea, but also by the historical review, including the biographies of ichthyologists and other naturalists who worked on Puget Sound and the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits."
―Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia
PRAISE FOR JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI: "The best fish illustrator I've ever seen. Period."
—Gary Soucie, Audubon magazine