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 Methods Further Discern Extreme Fluctuations in Forage Fish Populations

California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.” New research shows that such forage fish stocks have crashed regularly for centuries, with at least three species off the West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep

Reconnecting Landscapes: Removal of San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River

KQED Science reports on Fisheries Ecology Division research examining the response of the Carmel River and ESA-listed steelhead to the removal of San Clemente Dam.

Data on Blue Whales off California Helps Protect Their Distant Relatives

Research identifies blue whale habitat in the Northern Indian Ocean

Can The U.S. Have Its Fish and Eat It Too?

A new review in the Journal of Marine Policy makes the case that, in some instances, fishing restrictions in the U.S. can lead to unintended consequences by creating a spike in negative impacts elsewhere. The paper’s authors – fishery experts

Aerial Images Document The Final Months Of J2, An Iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale

John.Durban@noaa.gov, 03 Jan 2017 Our colleagues at the Center for Whale Research (CWR)