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The mission of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center is to generate the scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of the region’s living marine resources.

The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research arm of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service in the Southwest Region. Center scientists conduct marine biological, economic and oceanographic research, observations and monitoring on living marine resources and their environment throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The ultimate purpose of these scientific efforts is for the conservation and management of marine and anadromous fish, marine mammal, sea turtle and other marine life populations to ensure that they remain at sustainable and healthy levels.

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2015 NOAA Fisheries West Coast Photo Contest Winners Announced

Photo Contest Reflects the Diversity of NOAA Jobs and Environments We asked NOAA Fisheries employees, contractors, and

Genetic Matchmaking in California Salmon Hatcheries (New York Times)

The New York Times published an article about Fisheries Ecology Division geneticists and their work matching mating pairs to maintain genetic diversity at California salmon hatcheries.

From Sky to Sea: Studying Sea Turtles amid Warming Waters

Warm ocean temperatures have brought many unexpected visitors into California coastal waters over the past year, including hammerhead sharks, blue marlin, whale sharks, and even tropical sea snakes. Scientists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center are using these conditions

November Takes a Bite Out of 'the Blob'

Warm expanse that heated up West Coast waters is beaten, but not yet broken

Underweight California Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Pups at a California Rookery Forebode the Possibility of High Strandings along U.S. West Coast this Winter and Spring

Scientists observed another year of low pup weights during their annual survey on the San Miguel Island rookery off California, where sea lions and fur seals breed and rear their young . In fact, pup weights were among the lowest

Newest NOAA Fisheries Survey Ship Concludes Maiden Scientific Voyage

R V Reuben Lasker returns to San Diego with detailed data on whales from California to Alaska NOAA Fisheries’ newest research ship, the Reuben Lasker, concluded its first scientific mission Monday when it returned to San Diego after nearly four