January 11, 2012
Mary Yoklavich and H. Gary Greene recently have published a paper on seafloor habitats and associated biological communities found in submarine canyons off the central coast of California. The Ascension–Monterey canyon system is the largest seafloor physiographic feature on the continental margin of California, and provides diverse habitats of rocky, steep relief surrounded by low-relief sand and mud for many species of rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) and macroinvertebrates. The heads of these canyons have long been recreationally and commercially fished, and parts of these canyons now have been designated as marine protected areas to protect these communities and habitats.
Yoklavich, Mary, and H. Gary Greene.
2012. The Ascension-Monterey Canyon System: Habitats of demersal fishes and macroinvertebrates along the central California coast of the USA. In: Peter T. Harris and Elaine K. Baker (eds.), Seafloor geomorphology as benthic habitat: GeoHAB atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats, p. 739-749. Elsevier.
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Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team