Charles Haskins Townsend (September 29, 1859 – January 28, 1944) was an American zoologist. He served as assistant United States Fish Commissioner, was in charge of deep-sea explorations on the USS Albatross, and at the turn of the century served as chief of the Fish Commission's fisheries division. From 1902 go 1937 he was director of the New York Aquarium at Castle Garden. During his career he testified as an expert at The Hague, served as president of the American Fisheries Society, and was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. He wrote extensively on fisheries, whaling, fur seals, deep-sea exploration and zoology, including ornithology and herpetology.

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