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This publication provides an introduction to the study of fishes for Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers or others interested in learning about this subject. It highlights the diversity and distribution of fishes in Virginia, key characteristics used to identify fish, the natural history of fishes, threats relating to fish in Virginia, and basic principles of fisheries management. It was written as a project of the Outreach Committee of the Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in consultation with leaders of the Virginia Master Naturalist program.
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October 8, 2019