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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

2016 Ecosystem Science Review 18-20 April

The SWFSC will conduct a review of it's ecosystem science the week of April 18th.  The 2016 NOAA Fisheries Science Program Reviews will evaluate ecosystem science programs that inform the management, protection, and restoration of resilient and productive ecosystems.

Sardine Numbers Remain Low, 2016 Fishing Remains Closed

Stock assessment finds sardine biomass below cut off level for directed fishing this year Last weekend scientists and managers at the

NOAA Releases Draft Climate Science Action Plan for the U.S. West Coast

As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate related information, today, NOAA Fisheries released a draft climate science action plan for the U.S. West Coast. It outlines a strategy and specific actions

Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

In a NOAA podcast about vaquita, Dr. Barb Taylor discusses vaquita porpoise and its status as the most endangered marine mammal

Food Limitation Linked to Record California Sea Lion Strandings

New research shows long term decline of sardines and anchovy leaves sea lions struggling Large numbers of California sea lion pups have flooded animal rescue centers in Southern California in the past few years. Now, as part of an

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