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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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Division News

Rare San Diego Sighting of False Killer Whales

False killer whales observed off La

SWFSC Researcher's Work on Coral Reef Fish Featured on the Cover of the Journal PNAS

Behavioral studies on coral reef fish found that the fish base their decisions to feed on algae or flee from predators on the density and actions of other fish in the area.

Thousands of Endangered Coho Smolts Released into Scott Creek

SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researchers joined the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to release thousands of young hatchery-raised coho salmon into Scott Creek.

NOAA Fisheries Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines For The First Time In Captivity

Biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) have cracked the code for how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Like many species, sardines

Assessing Noise in Southern California Whale Habitat

A new study assessing the underwater soundscape off Southern California found that blue, fin and humpback whales experience a range of acoustic environments, including noise from shipping traffic as well as quieter areas within a national marine sanctuary. The study