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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

Newest NOAA Fisheries Survey Ship Concludes Maiden Scientific Voyage

R V Reuben Lasker returns to San Diego with detailed data on whales from California to Alaska NOAA Fisheries’ newest research ship, the Reuben Lasker, concluded its first scientific mission Monday when it returned to San Diego after nearly four

Napa Student Rewarded by NOAA Scientists for Finding Green Sturgeon Satellite Tag

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers met with third grader Deja Walker to thank her and give a $20 reward for finding and returning a green sturgeon satellite tag.

New Method Reveals Female Biased Green Sea Turtle Sex Ratio in San Diego Bay

Written by Camryn D. Allen Scientists have for the first time determined the ratio of males to females in a wild foraging group of green turtles in the Eastern Pacific, which suggests that sea turtles may be

Unmanned NOAA Hexacopter Monitors Health of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

Thousands of high resolution photos provide baseline information on whales ahead of oncoming El Nino  A NOAA Fisheries research team flying a remotely operated hexacopter in Washington’s San Juan Islands in September collected high resolution aerial photogrammetry images

To Breathe or Eat: Blue Whales Use Efficient Foraging To Maintain Massive Body Size

As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through