Surf Smelt

Surf Smelt
Photo Credit: Laurie Weitkamp, NMFS


  • Species Common Name Surf Smelt
  • Species Scientific Name Hypomesus pretiosus


Special needs

Intertidal spawning habitat on beaches.

Limiting factors

Localized population ranges. Spawning habitat.

Conservation actions

Federal and state forage fish fishery management plan.

Key reference or plan

Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species

Life History Traits