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

Follow Researchers Aboard the 2019 California Current Ecosystem Survey (CCES)

Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker are now in the second leg of the 2019 California Current Ecosystem Survey (CCE) Survey. This annual survey aims to estimate the distributions and abundances of coastal pelagic fish species (CPS) – anchovies,

Sea Turtle Fingerprints Help Unlock Population Secrets

Scientists study sea turtle “fingerprints” to gather clues about their life history, mating strategies, and family groups. Just like forensic scientists use DNA fingerprinting to solve a crime, scientists can study sea

White Abalone Spawning Produces 25 Million Eggs for Captive Breeding Program

A stunning spawning success in the White Abalone Captive Breeding program caught NOAA Fisheries scientists and their research partners by surprise this past April. Ten adult white abalone produced and fertilized 25 million eggs, well over previous production, which quickly

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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