The North Coast has many major estuaries that support a wide diversity of plant and animal life, including salmon. The focus of this project is to describe and assess the ecological status of estuaries in the region by surveying marine life in tidal mudflats and eelgrass beds in four estuaries. In addition, researchers will trap, identify, measure, and release fish during high tides at multiple times throughout the year to characterize fish communities. These surveys will document seasonal and interannual variability in the abundance, diversity, and size of a variety of species, such as clams, eelgrass, and fishes. Estuarine ecosystems are driven by a variety of complex, environmental conditions, including freshwater flows, winds and upwelling. These variables will be combined with ecological data to describe the conditions in each estuary. This project is a collaboration among academic scientists, North Coast tribes, a non-profit, and ecological consultants.



Researchers described their finding form this project in a technical report, released in July 2017. Click below to read the report.

FINAL REPORT: Baseline Characterization of Estuarine Ecosystems



Data from this project are coming soon! You will be able to access the data through the OceanSpaces map tool and data archive to learn more about each data package.