California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Humboldt Bay and Eel River Estuary Subtidal and Intertidal Habitat Goals Project

Ropers Slough, tributary to the Eel River Estuary, Humboldt County. CDFW photo by Steve Cannata.

Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Estuary contain diverse physical habitats including:

  • Rivers
  • Brackish and salt marshes
  • Eelgrass meadows
  • Tidal flats
  • Large benthic areas of sand, mud and gravel
  • Sand and rock beaches

The subtidal and intertidal habitats in Humboldt Bay and Eel River Estuary have not been the focus of much research and consequently are not well understood. The collaborative Humboldt Bay and Eel River Estuary Subtidal and Intertidal Habitat Goals Project (Habitat Goals Project) was established to identify, document, and describe subtidal and intertidal habitats and the living plant and animal assemblages of Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Estuary. The mission of the Habitat Goals Project is to integrate information about bay and estuarine habitats and selected species, identify research needs, and develop ecosystem-based management recommendations using a collaborative process.

The Habitat Goals Project will also identify challenges and threats to the Humboldt Bay-Eel River Estuary ecosystem and provide a scientific basis to guide protection strategies, restoration and research priorities, and the management policies of public resource agencies. The report that results from this project will provide a useful resource for planners, managers, restoration groups, and researchers.

Contact
Kirsten Ramey, Associate Marine Biologist
Phone: (707) 445-5365
Email: kirsten.ramey@wildlife.ca.gov

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