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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

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

New Methods Further Discern Extreme Fluctuations in Forage Fish Populations

California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.” New research shows that such forage fish stocks have crashed regularly for centuries, with at least three species off the West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep

Reconnecting Landscapes: Removal of San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River

KQED Science reports on Fisheries Ecology Division research examining the response of the Carmel River and ESA-listed steelhead to the removal of San Clemente Dam.

Data on Blue Whales off California Helps Protect Their Distant Relatives

Research identifies blue whale habitat in the Northern Indian Ocean

Can The U.S. Have Its Fish and Eat It Too?

A new review in the Journal of Marine Policy makes the case that, in some instances, fishing restrictions in the U.S. can lead to unintended consequences by creating a spike in negative impacts elsewhere. The paper’s authors – fishery experts