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

2015 NOAA Fisheries West Coast Photo Contest Winners Announced

Photo Contest Reflects the Diversity of NOAA Jobs and Environments We asked NOAA Fisheries employees, contractors, and

Genetic Matchmaking in California Salmon Hatcheries (New York Times)

The New York Times published an article about Fisheries Ecology Division geneticists and their work matching mating pairs to maintain genetic diversity at California salmon hatcheries.

From Sky to Sea: Studying Sea Turtles amid Warming Waters

Warm ocean temperatures have brought many unexpected visitors into California coastal waters over the past year, including hammerhead sharks, blue marlin, whale sharks, and even tropical sea snakes. Scientists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center are using these conditions

November Takes a Bite Out of 'the Blob'

Warm expanse that heated up West Coast waters is beaten, but not yet broken

Underweight California Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Pups at a California Rookery Forebode the Possibility of High Strandings along U.S. West Coast this Winter and Spring

Scientists observed another year of low pup weights during their annual survey on the San Miguel Island rookery off California, where sea lions and fur seals breed and rear their young . In fact, pup weights were among the lowest

Newest NOAA Fisheries Survey Ship Concludes Maiden Scientific Voyage

R V Reuben Lasker returns to San Diego with detailed data on whales from California to Alaska NOAA Fisheries’ newest research ship, the Reuben Lasker, concluded its first scientific mission Monday when it returned to San Diego after nearly four