WORK IN PROGRESS
Still to do:
- identify whether each fish has an especial salt marsh affiliation.
This is a first cut on compiling a list of fish that could be affected by sea-level rise or SLR's affects on coastal salt marshes. This list is planned to have fish that spend a notable part of their lives in the estuaries of N.J. (not the accidentals or rarely seens). By reaching to similar habitats within the same general climate zone, this list is probably good for most of the shoreline from the Outer Banks to Cape Cod.
Fish of N.J.'s bays and estuaries
The checklist that Ken Able developed [JCNERR] for the Jacques Cousteau NERR site is the primary source used to determine which fish spend time in NJ's estuaries.
NOAA's web sites for Essential Fish Habitat [NOAA EFH] were used to supplement the primary source. If NOAA said a fish had estuarine habitat I included it.
Peterson's Field Guide [P.Fish] was used to verify information and as the source for fish sizes.
- NOAA EFH = Essential Fish Habitat (by estuaries), sea also EFH for managed species
- JCNERR = Ken Able's Mullica River/Great Bay fish checklist
- P.Fish = Peterson Field Guides Atlantic Coast Fishes (Robins, Ray, and Douglas 1986)
Habitat color key
Fish that are often found in salt marshes or tidal creeks, and are not just estuarine. These habitat determinations have not yet begun.
JCNERR or NOAA EFH are listed if either is a source for determining that a species is estuarine.
Other sites which have information about the specific fish are linked. NOAA and NJDEP focus on the important commerical/recreational fish. FishBase tries to be comprehensive in its worldwide coverage of fish biology. Wikipedia, like always, can be hit or miss.
- NOAA = NE US Status of Fishery Resources, Species List
- NJDEP = 2008 recreational fishing regs.
- FishBase = FishBase reference page for the species
- Wikipedia = Wikipedia (to the family, genus, or species level)
NOTES. 1 This web site has general information for the purposes of sea-level rise planning, and it should not be relied upon to be up-to-date or comprehensive about fishing regulations.
The line art fish illustrations are both beautiful and in the public domain.
The NOAA site on Essential Fish Habitat is an incredible resource on fish life stages and fish habitat.
Fish Game & Wildlife is the part of DEP that regulates and manages wildlife, including the commercial and recreational fish catch.
FG&W's checklist of marine fish is acknowledged to be based on Ken Able's.
Just as there is a link to recreational fishing regulations at the top of the page, commercial regs also exist.
Jacques Cousteau Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve
JCNERR's strikertracker biology pages have a lot of great info, including Common Fishes of the Great Bay: A field guide, in addition to being the home of Ken Able's checklist.