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Characterizing Fisheries Habitat Along the California Continental Margin


Biologists have long recognized that fishes are not uniformly distributed up and down the coast but insteadc ongregate in certain environments. This somewhat obvious fact has gone relatively unstudied because of the technical difficulties of imaging underwater landscapes. With advances in underwater vehicles and sonar imaging techniques, however, biologists now have the tools they need to map the benthic habitats that sustain the state’s bottom-dwelling fishes.

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