Accession Number : ADA323371

Title :   The Ecology of Humboldt Bay, California: An Estuarine Profile.

Descriptive Note : Biological rept.,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE FISHERY RESEARCH UNIT ARCATA CA

Personal Author(s) : Barnhart, Roger A. ; Boyd, Milton J. ; Pequegnat, John E.

PDF Url : ADA323371

Report Date : JAN 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 133

Abstract : Humboldt Bay is one of California's largest coastal estuaries, second only to San Francisco Bay in size. The bay is important ecologically, serving as habitat for many invertebrates, fishes, birds, and mammals. The bay attracts many recreational users and because it is an important shipping port also attracts industry, particularly that related to forest products. This report summarizes and synthesizes scientific data on the ecological relationships and functions of the estuary including information on geological, climatological, hydrologic and physical-chemical aspects of the bay environment; describes the biotic communities and their relationships; compares and contrasts other west coast estuaries to Humboldt Bay; provides management considerations in terms of procedures, socioeconomic factors and environmental concerns; and identifies research and management information gaps. Portions of the bay are managed as a national wildlife refuge. Management issues for this ecosystem includes loss of habitat and degradation of the environment by additional industrial development and nonpoint source pollution.

Descriptors :   *ECOLOGY, *BAYS, *ESTUARIES, COASTAL REGIONS, INDUSTRIES, ENVIRONMENTS, DEGRADATION, ECONOMICS, MAMMALS, HYDROLOGY, GEOLOGY, VERTEBRATES, CONTAMINANTS, ECOSYSTEMS, CALIFORNIA, WETLANDS, CLIMATOLOGY, HABITATS, BIRDS, INVERTEBRATES, POLLUTION, SOCIOLOGY, FISHES, BENTHONIC ZONES, PLANTS(BOTANY), SAN FRANCISCO BAY, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, NEKTON.

Subject Categories : Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE