Survey of fishes and water properties of south San Francisco Bay, California, 1973-82

Pearson, Donald E. (1989) Survey of fishes and water properties of south San Francisco Bay, California, 1973-82. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 78)

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The objective of this study was to describe the physical and ichthyological changes occurring seasonally and annually in the south San Francisco Bay, based on the results of 2,561 otter trawl and water samples obtained between February 1973 and June 1982. Temperature varied predictably among seasons in a pattern that varied little between years. Salinity also underwent predictable seasonal changes but the pattern varied substantially between years. The most abundant species of fish were northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), English sole (Parophrys vetulus), and shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata). The majority of the common fish species were most abundant during wet years and least abundant in dry years. Numeric diversity was highest during the spring and early summer, with no detectable interannual trends. Species composition changed extensively between seasons and between years, particularly years with extremely high or extremely low freshwater inflows. All the common species exhibited clustered spatial distributions. Such spatial clustering could affect the interpretation of data from estuarine sampling programs. Gobies (Family Gobiidae) were more abundant during flood tides than during ebb tides. English sole were significantly more abundant in shallower areas. Shiner surfperch showed significant differences in abundance between sample areas.(PDF file contains 28 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Survey of fishes and water properties of south San Francisco Bay, California, 1973-82
Personal Creator/Author:
Pearson, Donald E.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 78
Date: 1989
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Latitude: 37.423
Longitude: 122.165
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: San Francisco Bay; California; fish diversity; seasonal
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2743
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 15:38
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:23

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