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Food Web

Animals: Northern Anchovy

Northern Anchovy

Northern Anchovy

The Northern anchovy is a small compressed fish with a long snout. Its body is bluish-green above and silvery below and adults have a faint silver stripe on the side. Adults are up to nine inches in length.

Estuaries and bays provide important habitats for the northern anchovy. Anchovy feed on small crustaceans and fish larvae.  The northern anchovy is an important food source for many species of larger fish, including California halibut, rock fish, yellow tail tuna, shark, chinook, and coho salmon. It is also important prey for marine mammals and birds.

Northern Anchovy

The northern anchovy is the most important bait fish for marine recreational fisheries.

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