Fisheries Ecology Division

Santa Cruz LabThe Fisheries Ecology Division is housed in the NMFS 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.

Research programs

Division News

Scientists Call for Improved Technologies to Save Imperiled California Salmon

Genetic identification, real-time monitoring would improve management of salmon and water

Drone photos yield faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species.

Drone photos yield faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species.

Climate Shifts Shorten Marine Food Chain off California

Environmental disturbances such as El Niño shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who eats who in the

SWFSC Geneticist Carlos Garza Elected Cal Academy Fellow

Fisheries Ecology Division research geneticist Carlos Garza was elected as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. This lifetime appointment to one of the governing bodies of the Academy was in recognition of his “contributions to the advancement of science”.

Hexacopter-captured Whale Blow Supports a Framework for Health Monitoring

Working alongside colleagues from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), SR3 and the Vancouver Aquarium, MMTD researcher John Durban used a small, unmanned hexacopter to collect exhaled breath condensate (blow) from two geographically distinct populations of humpback whales