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Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve Pilot Nearshore Fish Use Assessment

Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve Pilot Nearshore Fish Use Assessment

Location:

Cypress 2

Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve, North Puget Sound, WA

Project type:

Assessment

Status:

Complete

Start Date:

February 2009

Completion Date:

Assessment - October 2009
Report - June 2011

Description:

Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest conducted beach seine sampling of migratory and resident nearshore fish communities at eleven study sites from late February through
October of 2009 for the Cypress Island Pilot Nearshore Fish Use Assessment. Results
from the pilot project are intended to inform managers of the current status of marine fish
resources utilizing specific sites and habitats within the Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve,
and to serve as baseline data for future monitoring of status trends for marine fish species,
particularly targeting native salmonids, forage fish and groundfish stocks, and federal and
state listed threatened species and species of concern.

Goals & Objectives:

  1. To provide Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Reserve managers with initial (baseline) information on marine fish species composition, relative seasonal abundance, timing, and patterns of site occupancy within the mostly undisturbed nearshore habitats of the Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve, with particular emphasis on species (and life history stages) of concern such as juvenile salmonids, forage fish, ESA-listed stocks, and unique occurrences.
  2. Based on what was learned during this pilot project, to recommend adaptive project management and logistic considerations, and to refine a repeatable sampling, data analysis, and reporting schema for long-term population trend monitoring of nearshore fish resources throughout the Reserve network

Primary Habitats Impacted By Project:

Marine fish communities utilizing select nearshore sites within the Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve

Managing Agency/Organization:

Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Reserves Program

Project Contact:

Jamie Glasgow

Funding Source(s):

Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Reserves Program

Partners:

  • NOAA - Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Skagit River Systems Cooperative
  • Kwiaht(Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea)
  • Volunteers from WSU Beach Watcher programs of both Skagit and Island County


Attachments:

  1. Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve Assessment Final Report (19.8 MB)


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