Habitat Use and Connectivity

Kenneth W. Able, Charles A. Simenstad, Nadine A. Strydom, Michael Bradley, Marcus Sheaves

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Many complex factors determine the role of estuarine habitats and landscapes in fish growth and survival that ultimately contribute individuals to adult populations. In this chapter, we recognise the diversity of habitats, both those frequently (e.g. submerged aquatic vegetation, mangroves) and infrequently (e.g. shellfish beds, woody debris) evaluated and how these vary in use among life history stages and among estuaries from the tropics to the poles. Some factors that clearly influence habitat diversity and use vary with temperature, salinity, geomorphology, hydrology and niche availability coupled with species-specific and intraspecific differences in habitat fidelity and landscape context. This diversity of factors hampers our ability to fully determine habitat quality and connectivity requirements but provides opportunities to enhance our understanding with multiple approaches from basic natural history to application of developing techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFish and Fisheries in Estuaries
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Perspective
Number of pages67
ISBN (Electronic)9781119705345
ISBN (Print)9781444336672
StatePublished - Feb 18 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


  • Connectivity
  • Growth
  • Habitat fidelity
  • Landscape
  • Nurseries
  • Survival


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