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Researcher with Humpback Chub individual
June 26, 2012

Researcher with Humpback Chub individual

Researcher with Humpback Chub during fish seining efforts

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists haul a beach seine over an eelgrass bed while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Washington's Puget Sound is a complex ecosystem directly adjacent to a robust metropolitan area that scientists from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center study. Recent surveys have looked at

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Image:  Helmet Crab in Puget Sound
June 1, 2012

Helmet Crab in Puget Sound

A Helment Crab (Telmessus_cheiragonus) captured in a beach seine during a 2012 Bainbridge Island larval forage fish survey. This survey focused on the abundance, habitat use, and food habits of larval forage fish (surf smelt and sand lance) and was conducted by scientists from the Columbia River Research Laboratory -Western Fisheries Research Center.

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

Eelgrass beds such as this one found on Bainbridge Island, WA have been identified as a possible primary source of energy to the food chain and may also serve as nursery areas for juvenile forage fish.

Washington's Puget Sound is a complex ecosystem directly adjacent to a robust metropolitan area that scientists from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center study

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Image: Graceful Crab in Puget Sound
June 1, 2012

Graceful Crab in Puget Sound

A Graceful Crab (Metacarcinus gracilis) captured in a beach seine during a 2012 Bainbridge Island larval forage fish survey.  This survey focused on the abundance, habitat use, and food habits of larval forage fish (surf smelt and sand lance) and was conducted by scientists from the Columbia River Research Laboratory -Western Fisheries Research Center.

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists Lisa Gee, Collin Smith, and Ryan Tomka display a bycatch of perch collected in a beach seine while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Washington's Puget Sound is a complex ecosystem directly adjacent to a robust metropolitan area that scientists from the USGS Western Fisheries

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Image: Red Rock Crab in Puget Sound
June 1, 2012

Red Rock Crab in Puget Sound

A Red Rock Crab (Romaleon antennarium) captured in a beach seine during a 2012 Bainbridge Island larval forage fish survey.  This survey focused on the abundance, habitat use, and food habits of larval forage fish (surf smelt and sand lance) and was conducted by scientists from the Columbia River Research Laboratory -Western Fisheries Research Center.

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists identify fish collected in a beach seine while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Washington's Puget Sound is a complex ecosystem directly adjacent to a robust metropolitan area that scientists from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center study. Recent surveys have looked at

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Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists deploy a beach seine while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA.  

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists deploy a beach seine while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt in Eagle Harbor, WA.  

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

Three size classes of juvenile surf smelt collected in a beach seine by USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA. 

Image: Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington
June 1, 2012

Juvenile Surf Smelt Surveys in Central Puget Sound, Washington

Juvenile surf smelt and sand lance collected in a beach seine by USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists while conducting a survey for juvenile surf smelt on Bainbridge Island, WA.