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Maryland's Coastal Fishes

Diverse and abundant species of fishes, sharks, rays, skates, and crabs utilize Maryland’s shallow 
coastal ocean ecosystem, which includes coastal lagoons, surf zone and near shore environments. 
This region provides important nursery and feeding habitats for commercially important fishes from summer through fall, yet little is known about the seasonal and inter-annual patterns of abundance, production dynamics of individual species, or species interactions. In work supported by Maryland Sea Grant and other agencies, our lab is conducting comparisons of nursery function among Maryland’s nearshore, coastal bay and Chesapeake Bay habitats.

Related Publications (available upon request –
Woodland, R.J. D.H. Secor, M.J. Wilberg, and M.C. Fabrizio. 2012. Comparing the nursery role of inner continental shelf and estuarine habitats for temperate marine fishes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 99: 61073.

Woodland, R.J. and D.H. Secor. 2011. Differences in juvenile trophic niche for two coastal fish species that use marine and estuarine nursery habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 439: 241-254.

Woodland, R., M.E. Wedge, and D.H. Secor. 2011. Trophic niche of three mesopredator elasmobranchs from a nearshore marine habitat: assessing evidence of trophic interactions with sympatric teleosts. Estuaries and Coasts 34: 391-404.

Wuenschel, M. et al. 2012. Recruitment patterns and habitat use of young-of-the-year bluefish along the United States east coast: insights from coordinated coastwide sampling. Reviews in Fisheries Science 20: 80-102.

Callihan, JL LT Takata, RJ Woodland, and DH Secor. 2008. Cohort splitting in bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bight. Fisheries Oceanography 17: 191-205.

Murphy, R.F. and D.H. Secor. 2006. Fish and blue crab assemblage structure in a U.S. Mid-Atlantic coastal lagoon complex. Estuaries and Coasts 29: 1121-1131.