Fisheries Ecology Division

Santa Cruz LabThe Fisheries Ecology Division is housed in the SWFSC Santa Cruz Laboratory on UCSC’s Coastal Science Campus. Research is focused on California demersal and anadromous fishes, their fisheries, and their habitats. Demersal species under study include rockfishes, flatfishes, Pacific whiting, sablefish, and lingcod; anadromous species include coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon. Results of this research are used by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage fisheries and by NMFS to manage threatened and endangered species and their habitats. 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

A Picture of Health? Photogrammetry Detects Changes in Body Condition of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

5th April 2018 Reduced food availability is a key threat facing the endangered

Sea Lion Breeding Shifts North to San Francisco Bay Area Islands

Researchers tracking the population of California sea lions have for the first time documented hundreds of breeding sea lions shifting north from the Channel Islands off Southern California to small islands near the San Francisco Bay Area. Although a

NOAA Appoints Kristen Koch as New Science and Research Director for the Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Kristen Koch, as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  The Southwest Fisheries Science Center employs over 300 research and support staff at laboratories

Hitching a Ride across the Pacific: Yellowtail Jacks Make the Journey in the Hold of a Derelict Vessel

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit Japan and devastated the region. Hours later, a subsequent tsunami struck Japan’s Pacific coastline, doubling the damage. The combined forces of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami generated tons of debris and carried