California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Collaborative Studies: True Smelts

Along with the California Beach Fisherman's Association and H.T. Harvey and Associates, the Project received a small grant from Collaborative Fisheries Research West to study the night smelt population in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The study, which is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2014, aims to characterize the relative abundance of spawning night smelt along the numerous sandy beaches in the north coast. We also intend to describe the age and growth characteristics of the species, which has yet to be documented.