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Nearshore Fish Atlas of Alaska

The distribution, relative abundance, and habitat use of nearshore fishes in Alaska.

fisher people beach seining in a kelp bed in Alaska

Nearshore Fish Atlas

Shallow, nearshore waters are some of the most productive habitats in Alaska and the most vulnerable to human disturbance. Using a beach seine as our sampling method, we have documented more than 100 fish species in a variety of nearshore habitats in an effort to identify essential fish habitat.

The Atlas:

  • Provides a quick reference for identifying species in areas designated for development or impacted by human disturbance (e.g., oil spill).
  • Allows resource managers to track long-term and large-scale changes in fish distribution and habitat use that may result from global climate change.
  • Helps resource managers prepare biological opinions and identify habitats essential to different life stages of commercially important and forage fish species.

Fish Atlas

Additional Resources




A Handy Field Guide To The Nearshore Marine Fish Of Alaska

Introduction This guide culminated from years of research on the importance of the nearshore marine environment to fishery resources in Alaska…


Atlas Of Nearshore Fish Of Alaska: A Synthesis Of Marine Surveys From 1998 To 2011

This synthesis reveals a wealth of information about nearshore fish of Alaska. Our major findings include: 1. Nearshore marine waters support…


Diel Differences in Fish Assemblages in Nearshore Eelgrass and Kelp Habitats in Prince William Sound Alaska

Nearshore vegetated habitats in Alaska support diverse and abundant fish assemblages, and are particularly important for juveniles including several…



Fish Assemblages in Nearshore Habitats of Prince William Sound Alaska

Alaska has about 55,000 km of shoreline (Heard and Andersen 1999) and a wide diversity of near-shore habitats available to fish including eelgrass …


Nearshore Fish Assemblages of the Northeastern Chukchi Sea Alaska

The Arctic is an ecologically fragile area experiencing rapid changes in climate (warming) and loss of sea ice (Moline et al., 2008). In September…


Changes In Eelgrass Habitat And Faunal Assemblages Associated With Coastal Development In Juneau Alaska

Summary Of Findings We studied three eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds in the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), Alaska, to track changes associated…