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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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A Picture of Health? Photogrammetry Detects Changes in Body Condition of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

5th April 2018 Reduced food availability is a key threat facing the endangered

Sea Lion Breeding Shifts North to San Francisco Bay Area Islands

Researchers tracking the population of California sea lions have for the first time documented hundreds of breeding sea lions shifting north from the Channel Islands off Southern California to small islands near the San Francisco Bay Area. Although a

NOAA Appoints Kristen Koch as New Science and Research Director for the Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Kristen Koch, as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  The Southwest Fisheries Science Center employs over 300 research and support staff at laboratories

Hitching a Ride across the Pacific: Yellowtail Jacks Make the Journey in the Hold of a Derelict Vessel

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit Japan and devastated the region. Hours later, a subsequent tsunami struck Japan’s Pacific coastline, doubling the damage. The combined forces of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami generated tons of debris and carried