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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

Scientists Call for Improved Technologies to Save Imperiled California Salmon

Genetic identification, real-time monitoring would improve management of salmon and water

Drone photos yield faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species.

Drone photos yield faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species.

Climate Shifts Shorten Marine Food Chain off California

Environmental disturbances such as El Niño shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who eats who in the

SWFSC Geneticist Carlos Garza Elected Cal Academy Fellow

Fisheries Ecology Division research geneticist Carlos Garza was elected as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. This lifetime appointment to one of the governing bodies of the Academy was in recognition of his “contributions to the advancement of science”.

Hexacopter-captured Whale Blow Supports a Framework for Health Monitoring

Working alongside colleagues from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), SR3 and the Vancouver Aquarium, MMTD researcher John Durban used a small, unmanned hexacopter to collect exhaled breath condensate (blow) from two geographically distinct populations of humpback whales