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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

SWFSC Researchers Demonstrate Key Benefits of Marine Protected Areas in California

SWFSC and UCSC researchers used innovative genetic techniques and intensive field sampling of rockfish to provide the first direct evidence that marine protected areas in California supplement fished areas.

New Research Reveals Clearer Picture of Upwelling that Feeds West Coast Marine Ecosystem

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Tagging Reveals Secrets of Southern California’s Largest Sharks

The basking shark, the largest shark in the waters off Southern California, is also the most elusive. Now NOAA Fisheries’ researchers are unraveling the mysteries of basking sharks by tagging the giant sharks with satellite transmitters that will reveal

Fisheries Resources Division Sets Sail for the 2019 Spring CalCOFI Cruise

Fisheries Resources Division (FRD) scientists are teaming up with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography this April for the 2019 Spring CalCOFI Cruise. This is the 70th year of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) surveys off the coast of

Critically Endangered White Abalone Discovered Solo in Coastal LA County Water

A lone white abalone was recently identified during 5 year monitoring in coastal LA County waters.  Scientific divers from NOAA’s Protected Resources Division determined that because the abalone was alone and the habitat was compromised, lacking food and threated by

Advances in Captive Breeding of Black Abalone

A breakthrough in captive breeding of black abalone at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) promises to improve methods for spawning the endangered mollusk in the laboratory and, ultimately, to support the recovery of wild populations. For the