NANFA-- Europe Trip

Mark Otnes (
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 10:13:31 -0500


it sounds like a very interesting trip to Eastern Europe. How was the
clarity of the rivers and streams?

Are there any good books in English that describe all of the know freshwater
fishes of Europe? I've just picked up bits and pieces over the years and it
appears that the Danube basin must be fairly diverse. Aren't there some
real giants in that drainage, such as catfishes, trouts, and sturgeons? I
would also like information on fishes in the inland seas and lakes of Asia,
such as the Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas, Lake Balkash, etc. I think it
would be interesting to know more about the aquatic life in that part of the
world. It seems like marine and freshwater environments blur and merge a
lot there. I've heard that freshwater fishes are found in parts of the
Baltic Sea and that marine life is found in the Caspian Sea. I've also seen
in field guides that some hard-core pelagic birds such as storm petrels and
shearwaters are found in the Black Sea. Its all very interesting to me.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND

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