This is the companion website to the book ‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’, by Kees Camphuysen of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) and Peter Henderson of Pisces Conservation Ltd. The purpose of this website is to introduce the book, to provide updates as more research on fish remains, species distribution or taxonomy becomes available, and to share far more detailed information on remains of key species than can be fitted into the book.

About ‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’
Published in 2017 by NIOZ/Pisces Conservation, the book expands on Peter Henderson’s 2015 work, Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles, adding a huge amount of information on the remains of fish, such as otoliths and vertebrae.

Focussing on the fish of the North Sea, rather than the British Isles, makes this book relevant to all countries bordering the North Sea. It provides the definitive fish identification source for almost 150 fish species, with colour images and B/W illustrations of each species, and detailed information on ID, distribution, food, life history, ecology and more.

It is regarded as the most accessible work on fish remains, and is therefore invaluable to bioarchaeologists, ornithologists, and anyone else for whom fish remains provide insights into their study. It also serves as a more generalised fish identification guide for marine biologists, professional and amateur ecologists, students, and fishermen; based upon the ‘Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles’, which was described as an excellent resource for anyone interested in British fish and the marine environment”. A professional bioarchaeologist has written: "I have had the book for several years and found it extremely useful in my work on archaeological fish remains."

How to buy the book
‘North Sea Fish and Their Remains’, ISBN 978-1-904690-65-8, can be purchased online from Pisces Conservation Ltd or through, for £45 plus postage & packing.

As well as the two authors, major contributions have come from Estefania Velilla, Suse Kühn, Mardik (M.F.) Leopold, Nelleke Krijgsman, Richard Seaby & Robin Somes, and others at NIOZ and Pisces.