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surf smelt

a smelt, Hypomesus pretiosus, inhabiting shallow waters from southern California to Alaska, and spawning in the surf.
Origin of surf smelt
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
  • surf smelt spawning beaches are more widely distributed around the island than the other two forage fish species.

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