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Fish Bulletin No. 91. Common Ocean Fishes of the California Coast


This bulletin is designed as a guide to those marine fishes of California which are likely to be caught by commercial and sport fishermen. While the species included represent only a fraction of the total recorded from the State, those remaining are mostly either deep-sea forms or small fishes of inshore waters which rarely, if ever, enter the fisherman's catch. The guiding precept of likelihood of capture by fishermen results in the inclusion of some species which are actually rather rare in California and the exclusion of some common varieties.

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