Accession Number : ADA323429

Title :   Habitat Suitability Index Models: Spotted Seatrout,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST DEPT OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Kostecki, Paul T.

PDF Url : ADA323429

Report Date : SEP 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : Spotted seatrout are distributed mainly in coastal estuaries of the western Atlantic Ocean from New York to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. A review and synthesis of existing information were used to develop a habitat model for spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus). The model is scaled to produce an index of habitat suitability between 0 (unsuitable habitat) and 1.0 (optimally suitable habitat) for estuarine habitat along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. Habitat suitability Indices are designed for use with the habitat evaluation procedures previously developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Guidelines for application of the spotted seatrout model and techniques for measuring model variables are described.

Descriptors :   *HABITATS, *FISHES, *INDEXES(RATIOS), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COASTAL REGIONS, NEW YORK, VARIABLES, ATLANTIC OCEAN, WILDLIFE, FLORIDA, ECOLOGY, ESTUARIES, MEXICO GULF.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE