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The mission of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center is to generate the scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of the region’s living marine resources.

The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research arm of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service in the Southwest Region. Center scientists conduct marine biological, economic and oceanographic research, observations and monitoring on living marine resources and their environment throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The ultimate purpose of these scientific efforts is for the conservation and management of marine and anadromous fish, marine mammal, sea turtle and other marine life populations to ensure that they remain at sustainable and healthy levels.

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New Video Highlights History and Mission of CalCOFI Program

CalCOFI An Important Partnership for Marine Resource Management in California from Hillary Eggers on Vimeo. Sixty

Seafood Industry and Scientists Team Up to Make the Most of Opah

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New Study Finds That When it Comes To Sustainability, Some Americans Are Willing To Pay

The average American consumes about 15 pounds of seafood each year. How do we choose which seafood to buy? Do the abundant seafood labels — U.S. caught, dolphin safe, MSC certified, red, yellow, green, farm

Floods Reshaped Carmel River Following 2015 Dam Removal, New Research Shows

The 2015 removal of San Clemente Dam in California restored natural processes to the Carmel River. The river's response to the dam removal so far has played out largely through episodic floods that reshaped the river channel in California's Mediterranean climate, scientists report.

San Diego's Ocean Discovery Institute Unlocks Opportunities for Future Scientists

For many students from high poverty communities, becoming a scientist can seem like an impossible dream. The opening of a science education lab in City Heights brings new opportunities for underserved youths in one San Diego community and forges a