Fish are among the most conspicuous and best-studied inhabitants of Elkhorn Slough. As a source of food and recreation, they are of special interest to humans and--as both predator and prey--play a critical role in the slough ecosystem.
The fish and fauna in Elkhorn Slough is abundant, diverse and dominated by marine and estuarine species. The slough provides critical habitat not only for year-round residents, but also for marine species from nearshore waters that enter sloughs to feed, mate, and spawn. Many marine fishes, including a number of economically important species inhabit the slough's relatively warm, calm waters as juveniles before moving to nearshore coastal waters.
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