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

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