surf smelt

a smelt, Hypomesus pretiosus, inhabiting shallow waters from southern California to Alaska, and spawning in the surf.

1880–85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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We can't wait to find out more about the surf smelt and seaweed they're
  planning to forage, and the goat cheeses and yogurt.
Spawning habitat surveys shall emphasize potential surf smelt spawning grounds.
Potential resources at risk include herring spawning areas, surf smelt spawning
  habitat, birds and sensitive bays and estuaries.
Surf smelt are small fish that are an important food source for many species of
  birds and larger fish.
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