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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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La Jolla

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Santa Cruz
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Division News

2015 Review of NOAA Fisheries' Science on Marine Mammals & Turtles

Southwest & Northwest Fisheries Science Centers’ Review of Science on Marine Mammals & Turtles, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, CA, 27-31 July.

Newest NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel Begins U.S. West Coast and Alaska Whale Survey

Vessel Reuben Lasker to assess gray whales and search for highly endangered right whales

2015 Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey Highlights Unusual Ocean Conditions

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey has concluded, completing the 33rd year of evaluating the abundance and distribution of pelagic young-of-the-year rockfish and other groundfish off central California and the 11th year of sampling off southern and northern California.

Saving the Leatherback Sea Turtle - Podcast

The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it's also among the most endangered. In honor of World Sea Turtle Day (June 16) join SWFSC biologist Scott Benson whose research on leatherbacks is

NOAA Fisheries Mobilizes to Gauge Unprecedented West Coast Toxic Algal Bloom

Offshore survey will measure extent and severity of largest harmful algal bloom in more than a decade NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West

Scientists Can’t Get There but Honey Badger Can

Scientists Can’t Get There but Honey Badger Can