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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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SWFSC Study Documenting Economic Importance of Recreational Fishing Featured on Sportfishing Website, BD Outdoors

Collaboration between the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the Sportfishing Association of California was recently featured in an article by recreational fishing website Bloody Decks Outdoors. The program unites scientists and

NOAA Scientists Search for Endangered White Abalone

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) gives scientists an up close look at a severely depleted seafloor species

How in Danger Is an Endangered Species? New Study Provides an Answer

The Endangered Species Act defines an endangered species as one that is “in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.” But what does that mean in terms of number of animals

Award Recognizes NOAA Fisheries Biologist for Work on Vaquita

NOAA Fisheries research biologist Barbara Taylor received a top award from the Society of Conservation Biology this week for her work in understanding and rallying international support for the highly endangered Mexican vaquita.

International Search Reveals Genetic Evidence for New Species of Beaked Whale

An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified a rare new species of beaked whale that ranges from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Japanese

‘The Blob’ Overshadows El Niño

Research identifies earlier ocean warming as dominant effect off West Coast