Bolsa Chica Conservancy Speaker Series: Expert Talk – Marine Fish of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands by Kelly O’Reilly
The Bolsa Chica Wetlands provides habitat for a variety of aquatic organisms, including more than sixty species of marine fishes. Wetlands such as Bolsa Chica serve as fish nurseries. Not only do these fish provide food for a wide variety of wetland birds, when the fish recruit into the ocean, they are often taken by local recreational and commercial fisheries. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75% of fish we buy from the market are wetland dependent. Kelly O’Reilly, Environmental Scientist and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve manager, discusses the diversity of fish in the wetlands and their importance to the ecosystem and us.