The Edible Crab and its Fishery in British Waters.
Surrey, Fishing News Books Ltd., 1979. 14 x 21.5cm. 142 pages, with 30 plates and 32 text figures. Original softcover. Very good condition with only slight signs of wear, including sunning to spine and front cover and some minor text markings. Inscribed with previous owner’s name.
The author began at 16 as a Scientific Assistant at the Conwy laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. After a period in the Royal Air Force, he resumed scientific work on shellfish, especially crabs, becoming well know to fishermen in many parts of England and Wales. From 1967–1971 he worked in Ireland for the Sea Fisheries Board, being concerned with resource development including a new fishery for crabs and the setting up of processing centres. Nevertheless he found time to do sufficient original scientific studies to qualify for a Doctorate of the National University of Ireland. Dr. Edwards returned to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Fisheries Laboratory, Burnham–on–Crouch in 1972. Dr. Edwards is essentially a practical man – a fisherman’s scientist – who knows the problems of the shellfish industry at first hand. He can take his place with the fishermen in their boats at sea and can talk in terms they understand. He knows and understands the difficulties of catching, processing and marketing and can appreciate where reseach is needed to improve the yield and financial return from the industry: this practical wisdom is evident in this book which nevertheless gives the most complete scientific account of the biology of the edible crab so far available. [From jacket notes]