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May 7, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council has announced a Request For Proposals to modify Pacific coast groundfish Essential Fish Habitat (EFH).
March 14, 2013
The April 2013 meeting will be held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with an optional SeaSketch workshop in the afternoon.
January 22, 2013
Habitat Ecology Team member Tom Laidig has co-authored "A Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific", published by University of California Press.
November 15, 2012
The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released a report summarizing information that has become available since the last Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review was concluded in 2006.
October 22, 2012
The second biannual meeting of the Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group was held Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.
May 31, 2012
MGET is a free, open-source collection of geoprocessing tools designed for researchers, resource managers, and conservation practitioners. In this workshop, Jason Roberts, MGET's lead developer, will lead participants in a habitat modeling exercise that will explore some of MGET's most popular tools.
May 31, 2012
The July 2012 meeting will be held at the NOAA Fisheries Lab in Santa Cruz. Featured speakers include Pat Halpin and Jason Roberts from Duke University, Will McClintock from UC Santa Barbara, and Melissa Foley from Stanford University.
February 24, 2012
The inaugural meeting of the Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group was held on Friday, January 27, its goal being to support GIS training, capacity building and increase awareness of marine spatial data sets among the broader GIS science community in Monterey Bay.
February 14, 2012
Lisa Krigsman, Mary Yoklavich, E.J. Dick, and Guy Cochrane recently have published a paper on predictive models based on presence-absence data of benthic macro-invertebrates within the Santa Barbara Channel off southern California.
January 11, 2012
Mary Yoklavich and H. Gary Greene recently have published a paper on seafloor habitats and associated biological communities found in submarine canyons off the central coast of California.
December 7, 2011
The inaugural Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group meeting will be on Friday, January 27, 2012 (10:00-2:00) at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) in Santa Cruz.
October 25, 2011
The Habitat Ecology Team has released a new report characterizing the coral and sponge community on Piggy Bank seamount in Southern California.
March 1, 2011
NMFS is calling on all interested parties to provide new and updated information related to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific coast groundfish.
February 1, 2011
The Habitat Ecology Team seeks a postdoctoral scholar/quantitative spatial ecologist to conduct habitat-specific assessments of demersal marine fish species off the west coast.
November 12, 2010
The Fisheries Ecology Division's Habitat Ecology Team launched an online database with images of corals and sponges on rocky banks off southern California.
October 15, 2010
The Fisheries Ecology Division completed a successful research cruise surveying deepsea corals, sponges, and associated fishes on rocky banks off Southern California.
July 15, 2010
The Fisheries Ecology Division completed a cruise surveying corals, sponges, and associated habitats, invertebrates, and fishes on the Piggy Bank, an underwater mountain off Southern California.
July 1, 2010
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of a new planning document that outlines current gaps in its habitat science and steps to improve its habitat assessments.
February 1, 2010
Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Mary Yoklavich participated in a workshop to develop west coast research priorities for NOAA’s Deepsea Coral Program.
April 27, 2009
Marine debris video “Keepers of the Deep” has been selected for screening at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.
February 2, 2009
Mary Yoklavich (Fisheries Ecology Division) convened a Habitat Assessment Improvement Plan meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, and discussed the plan’s progress with headquarters staff.
November 7, 2008
Mary Yoklavich of the Fisheries Ecology Division has co-authored a review of research on Northeast Pacific demersal communities using the Delta submersible.
November 7, 2008
Fisheries Ecology Division researchers and colleagues have completed the 2008 IMPACT Submersible Baseline Survey, monitoring marine protected areas in deep water off central California.
October 14, 2008
As chair of the Marine Fisheries Habitat Assessment Improvement Plan team, the Fisheries Ecology Division’s Mary Yoklavich finalized two questionnaires that will serve as the main data call to support this Plan.
August 12, 2008
Fisheries Ecology Division biologists and colleagues have produced a short video about deepwater marine debris off California's coast.
July 28, 2008
The NMFS Habitat Assessment Improvement Plan (HAIP) team met at SWFSC Santa Cruz in July 2008.
June 13, 2008
Mary Yoklavich and Rick Starr received a grant from the California Ocean Protection Council to continue baseline surveys of fish species and habitats in and around new marine protected areas.
March 3, 2008
SWFSC’s Mary Yoklavich and Tara Anderson have won the NMFS 2007 Fishery Bulletin Best Paper Award for their article describing the response of fishes to demersal habitats at spatial scales ranging from centimeters to kilometers.
November 26, 2007
The Fisheries Ecology Division conducted two weeks of rockfish research at several marine protected areas along the California coast including Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay.
October 2, 2007
The Fisheries Ecology Division is conducting a 43-day cruise surveying fishes, habitats, and marine debris on the seafloor in and around eight newly designated Marine Protected Areas off the central California coast.
July 25, 2006
The fourth meeting of the MPA science integration workgroup was held in Santa Cruz to share published results and propose future topics for integration efforts.
March 13, 2006
Scientists and fishermen are exploring how best to manage recreational fishing for pelagic species within a marine protected area.
A new species of black coral has been discovered off southern California. The Christmas Tree Coral (Antipathes dendrochristos) was observed from the manned submersible Delta by researchers from University of California Santa Barbara and NOAA Fisheries Santa Cruz Laboratory during surveys of rockfishes on deep rocky banks.