Forage Fish Spawner Surveys
Forage fish (small fish that are prey for shorebirds, other fish and marine mammals) are a critical piece of the food web. Surf smelt and sand lance, two of the primary forage fish food species, lay their eggs in intertidal areas of local beaches. The MRC monitors two sites for forage fish spawning activity: Fort Townsend State Park (partnering with Point No Point Treaty Council) and a shoreline in Discovery Bay near Adelma Beach. Both sand lance and surf smelt eggs have been found at both sites. This long-term effort helps fill data gaps for fishery managers. See the Forage Fish project page for more info.