Tessa Francis, University of Washington Tacoma, Puget Sound Institute
Timothy Essington, University of Washington
Jameal Samhouri, NOAA Fisheries/NMFS
Jason Toft, University of Washington
To fill the gap in knowledge regarding how shoreline restoration affects subtidal habitat and fish assemblages, researchers will conduct fish surveys of restored, armored and natural shorelines. This new empirical data will reveal whether restored and natural shoreline types provide higher quality habitat for fish. The research team will also evaluate how associations between fish assemblages and nearshore habitat vary at different spatial scales by synthesizing their data with existing data from the Beach Strategies database — a highly-resolved dataset on shoreline characteristics — and regional environmental data. Their data will also be incorporated into the Beach Strategies database, which is a valuable tool for analyzing the potential effectiveness of shoreline restoration actions.