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Habitat Suitability Index Models: Alewife and blueback herring

January 1, 1983

Alewives and blueback herring are anadromous clupeids found along the Atlantic coast in marine, estuarine, and riverine habitats, depending upon life stage. Both are important commercial species, used fresh or salted for human consumption, and used as crab bait, fish meal (particularly in animal food manufacturing), and fish oil. Alewife and blueback herring are marketed collectively as 'river herring,' a term that will be used for both species in this report. River herring play important ecological roles. In marine, estuarine, and riverine food webs, they occupy a level between zooplankton, their principal food, and piscivores.

Publication Year 1983
Title Habitat Suitability Index Models: Alewife and blueback herring
Authors Garland B. Pardue
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Series Title FWS/OBS
Series Number 82/10.58
Index ID fwsobs82_10_58
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey