Dick Beamish and Sandy McFarlane invited ten other experts to help them complete an unprecedented, 384-page book about the geology, biology and anthropology of the Strait of Georgia, illustrated by more than 250 colour photos, maps and charts. Beamish and McFarlane, as editors of The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, $39.95), were awarded the American Fisheries Society's Haig-Brown Award that recognizes those who have produced outstanding, non-technical articles or publications on any aspect of fishery management, research, habitat protection, enhancement, or other related fields. Beamish and McFarlane received the honour during the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Washington-British Columbia chapter of the American Fisheries Society, held February 16-19, 2015. The award came on the heels of a ten-week-long stint on the BC Bestseller list and a recent second printing due to high demand.

Dick Beamish O.B.C., C.M., Ph.D., F.R.S. is an Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. Beamish, one of the first people to write about climate regimes and regime shifts obtained his PhD. in Zoology from the University of Toronto in 1970, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. After a stint working with the Fresh Water Institute at the University of Manitoba, Beamish landed on the west coast in 1974. There, he continued his research into the effects of acid rain on fish, revolutionized ways to determine age and longevity in fish and worked to demonstrate how ocean climate affects fish stocks. Retired in 2011, Beamish, recipient of the Prix d' Excellence, the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He lives in Nanaimo with his wife Anne, and remains an active member of North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).

The Sea Among Us: The Strait of Georgia (Harbour $39.95), edited with Gordon McFarlane, is a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia, that encompasses everything from tsunami modeling, geology, and history to oceanography, birds and mammals.

BOOKS:

The Sea Among Us: The Strait of Georgia (Harbour 2014) $39.95 978-1-55017-683-4

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Sea Among Us: The Strait of Georgia

[BCBW 2014]