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

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

NOAA Releases Draft Climate Science Action Plan for the U.S. West Coast

As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate related information, today, NOAA Fisheries released a draft climate science action plan for the U.S. West Coast. It outlines a strategy and specific actions

Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

In a NOAA podcast about vaquita, Dr. Barb Taylor discusses vaquita porpoise and its status as the most endangered marine mammal

Food Limitation Linked to Record California Sea Lion Strandings

New research shows long term decline of sardines and anchovy leaves sea lions struggling Large numbers of California sea lion pups have flooded animal rescue centers in Southern California in the past few years. Now, as part of an