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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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‘The Blob’ Overshadows El Niño

Research identifies earlier ocean warming as dominant effect off West Coast

US Navy and NOAA Fisheries Sign Historic Agreement for White Abalone Recovery

On Wednesday, July 6, the U.S. Navy signed an agreement with NOAA Fisheries that will provide over $2.1 million in total funding to support core research and survey needs for endangered white abalone at Tanner

El Niño Patterns Contributed to Long-lived Marine Heatwave in North Pacific

El Niño climate patterns contributed to the “warm blob” that began dominating the Gulf of Alaska in late 2013, and later gripped the West Coast of North America in what became the Northeast Pacific’s largest marine heatwave, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change today.

A Mako's Last Meal Part II: The Shark Bite Effect

#SharkWeek  Celebrate Shark Week In 2013, the world record mako shark was caught off the coast of California. Southwest Fisheries Science Center researcher, Antonella Preti, discovered an adult

Putting the World in World Sea Turtle Day

Listen to an interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist and sea turtle scientist Manjula Tiwari. Dr. Tiwari works all over the world helping communities that live near sea turtle nesting beaches to protect their sea turtle populations. She works with many

New Study Highlights Hidden Values of Open Ocean

What is the value of the open ocean? While commercial fisheries may be one of the most obvious sources of economic value the ocean provides, they are not the only one. Now a team of scientists from NOAA