Estuaries are considered important nursery and protective habitats for juvenile fishes of many marine species during the critical phase of development when physiological adaptations are preparing them for life in the ocean.  Scientists in the Salmon Ecology Team in the Fisheries Ecology Division at SWFSC conduct comparative studies of small estuaries in California, evaluating the influences of varying environmental conditions on the biology of juvenile salmonids. 

Last modified: 12/24/2014