Functional significance of estuaries in the northeast: A proposed comparing habitat utilization and quality

Ronald Goldberg, Anne Studholme, Anthony Calabrese, Kenneth Able

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Abstract

Most U.S. commercial fisheries landing consists of species dependent on coastal estuaries for spawning, nursery, or migratory feeding habitat. Loss of wetlands, anthropogenic contamination, eutrophication, and hypoxia all threaten the coastal habitats that many living marine resources (LMRs) require. Despite a clear connection between coastal habitat and fisheries, significant gaps exist in our knowledge of how the nearshore environment is utilized by many species and how its quality affects recruitment success. A comparative research approach is proposed to identify critical habitats in the northeast U.S. for several LMRs, including winter flounder (Pleuronectes americanus), summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), tautog (Tautoga onitis), and black sea bass (Centropristis striata). EMphasis is on following cohorts throughout their first year, so that population level effects may be investigated. A goal of this approach is to compare the functional significance of specific habitat-types among three estuarine systems in the mid-Atlantic and southern New England which support similar species assemblages but differ in the extent of anthropogenic disturbance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoastal Zone '93
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Pages1630-1644
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)087262918X
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Jul 19 1993Jul 23 1993

Publication series

NameCoastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
Volume2

Other

OtherProceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period7/19/937/23/93

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

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