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Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal MarshesThe San Francisco Estuary$
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Arnas Palaima

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274297

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274297.001.0001

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(p.161) Chapter Eleven Fishes
Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes

Peter B. Moyle

James Hobbs

Teejay O'Rear

University of California Press

Fish assemblages in three marsh regions were compared. Sixty percent of delta species were alien species, 50% of Suisun fishes, and 13% of South Bay fishes. Eighty-three percent of delta fishes were freshwater species, although anadromous species were important seasonally. A majority (64%) of Suisun Marsh fishes were euryhaline freshwater species. South Bay marshes were dominated by native marine species (83%). Tidal-marsh fish assemblages will change as the environment changes, the sea level rises, and more alien species invade. The changes are unpredictable without better understanding of the systems and without prevention of invasions of alien species.

Keywords:   Suisun Marsh, climate change, alien species, invasive species, sea-level rise

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