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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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Remote camera network tracks Antarctic species at low cost

An international research team has developed a simple method for using a network of autonomous time lapse cameras to track the breeding and population dynamics of Antarctic penguins, providing a new, low cost window into the health and productivity of

Ice Age Confined Sperm Whales to Pacific Ocean 100,000 Years Ago, Genetics Show

An ice age that ended just over 100,000 years ago apparently confined the world’s sperm whales to a single population in the Pacific Ocean, creating a genetic bottleneck that explains the unusually low genetic diversity of sperm whales around the

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