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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

New Survey Reveals Precipitous Decline of Endangered Vaquita

Only about 60 vaquitas remain in the world, according to a new report recently released by Mexico’s Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources and the governor of Baja California on the status of the rare Mexican porpoise. NOAA

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Numbers Remain Low, but an Increase Detected

Draft stock assessment summary indicates that management measures already in place are likely to help.

New Technique Traces Link between Fishing and Sea Turtles

Each year, leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) interact with the United States longline fishery many are caught and sampled by the observers with the SEFSC Pelagic Observer Program. SWFSC scientists, including marine biologist Kelly Stewart, used the comprehensive nesting population

Endangered Whales Get a High-Tech Check-Up

Hexacopters give researchers an unparalleled view of marine mammal health photo here Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are studying the health of critically endangered whales—using hexacopters.

2016 Ecosystem Science Review 18-20 April

The SWFSC will conduct a review of it's ecosystem science the week of April 18th.  The 2016 NOAA Fisheries Science Program Reviews will evaluate ecosystem science programs that inform the management, protection, and restoration of resilient and productive ecosystems.

Sardine Numbers Remain Low, 2016 Fishing Remains Closed

Stock assessment finds sardine biomass below cut off level for directed fishing this year Last weekend scientists and managers at the