Coastal Fauna: Predatory (piscivorous) fish, density and size (MLPA)

The presence and increased abundance of predators indicates well-being in other trophic levels. Within kelp ecosystems, piscivorous fish may also play key ecological roles in moderating food web structure through top-down control. Certain fish are targeted by recreational and commercial anglers and well-being of populations of these species will provide social and economic benefits to coastal communities. Abundance and population structure (size classes) are important metrics for this indicator. <p> Focal species include: Various rockfish, lingcod, cabezon, bocaccio, leopard shark, and bat ray