Photo Credit: Oregon Coast Aquarium


  • Species Common Name Topsmelt
  • Species Scientific Name Atherinops affinis


Special needs

Specialized spawning habitat in shallow waters with vegetation for eggs to adhere to.

Limiting factors

Vulnerable 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