La Jolla is the headquarters for the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) and the location of the Director’s Office, three research divisions, and the Operations, Management, and Information (OMI) Division. Based on proximity to an eroding 200-foot-high coastal bluff, NOAA has temporarily vacated staff from two of the La Jolla Shores Drive laboratory’s four buildings into temporary leased space pending construction of a new facility on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
Torrey Pines Court Laboratory
The Torrey Pines Court Laboratory is the interim location for the SWFSC’s Director’s Office, Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, a portion of staff from the Fisheries Resources Division and a portion of staff from the OMI Division. The address is 3333 North Torrey Pines Court, La Jolla, CA 92037, and the phone is Phone: (858) 546-7000. Get directions and map.
La Jolla Shores Drive Laboratory
The La Jolla Shores Drive Laboratory is located on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and is the location of the majority of the Fisheries Resources Division and a portion of the OMI Division. The laboratory is also the location of staff from NOAA’s National Satellite and Information Service, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and California Department of Fish and Game. The street address is 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, and the phone number is (858) 334-2800. Get directions and map.
The La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project
NOAA is planning to construct a replacement facility for the SWFSC headquarters on land leased from the University of California San Diego across La Jolla Shores Drive from the existing SWFSC facility on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Currently in the design phase, this facility is to be constructed around a large sea- and fresh-water test tank facility which will expand NOAA’s ability to develop and apply advanced technologies for surveys of fisheries resources and their associated ecosystems and to foster collaborations on fisheries management issues. NOAA is pursuing certification of the building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Based on the design work to date, the project recently received a top award from the American Institute of Architects, a rare honor for a project not yet built.
Architect’s rendering of the new SWFSC headquarters in La Jolla on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.