Surf Zone, Coastal Pelagic Zone, and Harbors


in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI:
Surf Zone, Coastal Pelagic Zone, and Harbors

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The nearshore zone off the Californias includes a number of unique, primarily soft-bottom habitats. This expansive area spans the exposed, sandy beaches to the water column above the inner shelf along the entire coastline of California and south into Baja California. The fishes common to this area typically occur over the shallower portions of the shelf and the soft bottom surrounding rock reef and kelp bed environments. The fish assemblages of this area tie all of the shallow water habitats closely together. This chapter discusses three of the more distinctive fish assemblages within this general area: fishes of the surf zone and adjacent drift algal habitat, the coastal pelagic fishes that occupy the water column above the shallow soft bottom and shelf, and fishes of the numerous harbors that have been formed by breakwater construction within this general zone.

Keywords: California harbor; Baja California; shallow water habitats; surf zone; drift algal habitat; coastal pelagic fishes

Chapter.  10945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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