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

New Survey Reveals Precipitous Decline of Endangered Vaquita

Only about 60 vaquitas remain in the world, according to a new report recently released by Mexico’s Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources and the governor of Baja California on the status of the rare Mexican porpoise. NOAA

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Numbers Remain Low, but an Increase Detected

Draft stock assessment summary indicates that management measures already in place are likely to help.

New Technique Traces Link between Fishing and Sea Turtles

Each year, leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) interact with the United States longline fishery many are caught and sampled by the observers with the SEFSC Pelagic Observer Program. SWFSC scientists, including marine biologist Kelly Stewart, used the comprehensive nesting population

Endangered Whales Get a High-Tech Check-Up

Hexacopters give researchers an unparalleled view of marine mammal health photo here Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are studying the health of critically endangered whales—using hexacopters.

2016 Ecosystem Science Review 18-20 April

The SWFSC will conduct a review of it's ecosystem science the week of April 18th.  The 2016 NOAA Fisheries Science Program Reviews will evaluate ecosystem science programs that inform the management, protection, and restoration of resilient and productive ecosystems.

Sardine Numbers Remain Low, 2016 Fishing Remains Closed

Stock assessment finds sardine biomass below cut off level for directed fishing this year Last weekend scientists and managers at the