Journal of the Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science (JNAFS)

The NAFO Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Science provides an international forum for the primary publication of original research papers, with emphasis on environmental, biological, ecological and fishery aspects of the living marine resources and ecosystems.



Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

All of NAFO’s publications and documents are indexed in the ASFA Database, which provides the most comprehensive information to a global audience for abstracting and indexing services in the aquatic and fisheries field. ASFA’s ability to provide deep indexing, links to full text and the indexing of ‘grey literature’, ensures documents, publications and general information pertaining to aquatic sciences and fisheries is available to a wide audience. 

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) is an International Cooperative Information System which comprises an abstracting and indexing service covering the world's literature on the science, technology, management, and conservation of marine, brackish water, and freshwater resources and environments, including their socio-economic and legal aspects.

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Coral, Sponge, and Other Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem Indicator Identification Guide, NAFO Area. 2015. Offers a comprehensive guide that is a follow-up to the Coral and Sponge Identification Guides listed below.

In 2009 a Coral Identification Guide was published to help those on-board commercial and research fishing vessels to identify and record the various species of coral likely to be commonly encountered in fishing trawls. This was followed up in 2010 with a Sponge Identification Guide.

Identification of Wolffish, Hake and Rockling in the Northwest Atlantic. 2007

These guides are a part of the NAFO Scientific Council Studies. 

Early Stages of Fishes in the Western North Atlantic Ocean (Davis Strait, Southern Greenland and Flemish Cap to Cape Hatteras)

Michael. P. Fahay 

Volume 1: Acipenseriformes through Syngnathiformes. p. 1 - 931.
Volume 2: Scorpaeniformes through Tetraodontiformes. p. 932 - 1696.

This comprehensive scientific publication is the only up-to-date textbook providing detailed descriptions and accurate drawings of the early life-history stages of the fishes from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean north of 35°N and west of 40°W. The region covers the world’s most famous fishing grounds and includes the Davis Strait, southern Greenland, Flemish Cap, Georges Bank, northern Sargasso Sea and Middle Atlantic Bight to Cape Hatteras. 

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