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

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

US Navy and NOAA Fisheries Sign Historic Agreement for White Abalone Recovery

On Wednesday, July 6, the U.S. Navy signed an agreement with NOAA Fisheries that will provide over $2.1 million in total funding to support core research and survey needs for endangered white abalone at Tanner

El Niño Patterns Contributed to Long-lived Marine Heatwave in North Pacific

El Niño climate patterns contributed to the “warm blob” that began dominating the Gulf of Alaska in late 2013, and later gripped the West Coast of North America in what became the Northeast Pacific’s largest marine heatwave, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change today.

A Mako's Last Meal Part II: The Shark Bite Effect

#SharkWeek  Celebrate Shark Week In 2013, the world record mako shark was caught off the coast of California. Southwest Fisheries Science Center researcher, Antonella Preti, discovered an adult