Pacific Sand Lance

Pacific Sand Lance
Photo Credit: Holly Huchko, ODFW


  • Species Common Name Pacific Sand Lance
  • Species Scientific Name Ammodytes personatus


Special needs

Sandy or fine gravel substrates in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas.

Limiting factors

Suitable spawning habitat. Favorable food resources associated with ocean productivity.

Conservation actions

Protect critical habitat. Monitor population abundance at index sites. 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