Forage Fish Spawning Surveys
Forage fish (small fish eaten by larger animals) are a crucial link in the marine food web, feeding salmon, seabirds and a variety of marine mammals from seals to orcas. In Puget Sound, herring, surf smelt and sand lance are the three most important forage fish species. The MRC helps collect information about the latter two species, which lay their eggs on sandy or gravely beaches. You can learn more about forage fish here.
Knowing where, when and how often this spawning occurs is critical for protecting these species and their spawning habitat, which in turn supports a resilient marine food web.