Summary: Red Snapper Ecology and Fisheries in the U.S.
Gulf of Mexico. Based on a symposium held in San
Antonio, Texas, 1012 February 2006. American Fish-
eries Society Symposium, Volume 60.
Edited by William F. Patterson, III, James H. Cowan,
Jr., Gary R. Fitzhugh, and David L. Nieland. Be-
thesda (Maryland): American Fisheries Society.
$69.00 (paper). xi 396 p.; ill.; no index. ISBN:
Properly managing commercially important marine
fishes can be extraordinarily difficult because of the
complex scientific and political challenges involved.
Few systems illustrate this better than red snapper in
the Gulf of Mexico, which is the subject of this vol-
ume. The book includes contributions from experts
working on diverse aspects of the ecology and fishery
management of the species. There are 22 chapters,
written as scientific papers, in three parts. The first
part consists of seven chapters on red snapper life
history and ecology spanning all ontogenetic stages,