Fisheries Ecology Division

Santa Cruz LabLocated at the western edge of Santa Cruz, California on the coastal bluff at Terrace Point, the Fisheries Ecology Division joins the adjacent UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Laboratory and a growing complex of marine research facilities at this site.

Research is focused on Pacific coast groundfish and Pacific salmon. Groundfish under study include rockfishes, flatfishes, Pacific whiting, sablefish, and lingcod; salmon include coho, chinook, and steelhead. Results of this research are used by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage fisheries and by NMFS to manage threatened and endangered species. Fisheries Ecology Division scientists study causes of variability in abundance and health of fish populations, analyze ecological relations in marine communities, and study the economics of exploiting and protecting natural resources. They also assess the stocks of species targeted by various fisheries, and assist in evaluating potential impacts of human activities on threatened or endangered species.

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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