Shoreline Monitoring Database

Forage Fish Eggs Protocol


Surf Smelt and Pacific sand lance are both beach spawners, depositing their eggs in the sediments on the upper beach. Specific sediment sizes and tidal elevations are targeted by these fish, and successful spawning can be an indicator of a healthy beach. These fish are an important part of the food web, being preyed upon by larger fish (e.g., salmon), marine mammals, and birds.


Use the WDFW protocols, the standard for Puget Sound.