An Assessment of Southern Species Fish Assemblages in San Diego Bay Beth Young, Brenda Asuncion, Jayson Williams, Christine Pope, Lynne Wetmore and Amanda Haas
San Diego Bay serves as an important nursery for costal marine fish and supports a unique set of fish species that is endemic to this part of the Southern California Bight. From 1994-1999, eight fish species were sampled in San Diego Bay that are currently described as southern or ?Panamic Province? species (Allen 2002). The Vantuna Research Group repeated Dr. Allen?s study to create an updated assessment of the fish assemblage. An analysis of the Southern species fish shows that a greater number of warm water species were caught in April compared to July. However, Southern species comprised a larger percentage of the July biomass than the April. Our data illustrates a decrease in the presence of warm water fish since Allen?s study, and suggests that cooler water temperatures caused by the weaker El Ni?o caused the Southern species to evacuate.
Wetmore, Lynne and Haas, Amanda, " An Assessment of Southern Species Fish Assemblages in San Diego Bay Beth Young, Brenda Asuncion, Jayson Williams, Christine Pope, Lynne Wetmore and Amanda Haas " (2005). URC Student Scholarship.
The Kristina D. Louie Memorial Fellowship to Ms.Young,and by the Vantuna Research Group