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Sardine assessment shows cyclic decline in population

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Pacific sardines are known for wide swings in their population the small, highly productive species multiplies quickly in good conditions and can decline sharply at other times. Scientists have worked for decades to understand those swings, including a decline

Fisheries Resources Division Scientists Discuss Opah With National Geographic

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While opah are not targeted, they are caught occasionally by local recreational anglers and are taken incidentally in commercial fisheries targeting tuna and swordfish that operate out of California. In recent years there appears to have been an upsurge in

Economics Staff from the Southwest Fishery Science Center Contribute to Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in California and the U.S.

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The annual Fisheries Economics of the U.S. statistical series that provides economic information related to commercial and recreational fishing activities, and fishing-related industries in the each Coast State and the United States has been updated and released for 2012.   The economic impact of commercial and recreational fishing activities is reported in terms of employment, sales, and value-added impacts.  The report includes descriptive statistics on commercial fisheries landings, revenue, and price trends; recreational fishing effort, participation rates, and expenditure information; and employer and non-employer establishment, payroll, and annual receipt information for fishing-related industries.   California commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $25 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of over 19 percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing 19 percent from 2011 to 2012. Additional statistics on California’s Commercial and Recreational Fisheries can be found in the Pacific States report or the full U.S. Report .

Career Girls: What I do- Marine Biologist, Noelle Bowlin

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Fisheries Resources Division Marine Biologist, Noelle Bowlin, was recently featured on the Career Girls YouTube channel. In the video, Bowlin discusses her work and offers career advice to girls who are interested in the marine biology sector. 

Report Of The 2011 Contribution of Marine Recreational Angling to the California Economy

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Marine Recreational Angling in California is more than a leisure activity; it is an activity that contributes more than 10 thousand jobs and 1.4 billion dollars in output (sales) statewide. The 2011 National Angler Expenditures and Economic Impact Assessment report provides an estimate of how 

CalCOFI Book Published

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    "Regional Fisheries Oceanography of the California Current System The CalCOFI program" by Sam McClatchie has been published by Springer, and is available at  http www.springer.com life+sciences animal+sciences book 978 94 007 7222 9“This book is a comprehensive survey

October Research Cruise Targets Swordfish, Albacore, Opah and Sharks

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Scientists from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium and crew of the Ventura II set out for an 18 day research cruise to discover new information about swordfish, albacore, shark and opah biology.  The Ventura II will

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Scientists Dissect 14 Foot Oarfish Washed Ashore On Northern San Diego Beach

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Last Friday, a second oarfish washed up on Southern California’s shore within a week. The 14 foot fish was spotted on a public beach near the Oceanside harbor, a likely once in a lifetime experience for all present. Lifeguards contacted

A Mako Shark's Last Meal

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On August 8th, fisheries biologists Antonella Preti (Southwest Fisheries Science Center) and Lisa Natanson (Northeast Fisheries Science Center) participated in an online Twitter Feed, #SharkWeekChat, in honor of Shark Week. The chat was a success with numerous questions regarding all

Net Cameras Add New Dimension To Viewing Fish Behavior

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The Advanced Survey Technologies group recently developed a camera and light system for observing fish behavior and the performance of the marine mammal excluder device (MMED) in the Nordic rope trawls used for surveys of coastal pelagic species (CPS). The

SWFSC Scientists and International Scientific Committee (ISC) Complete Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stock Assessment

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On 8 January 2012 the International Scientific Committee (ISC) for Tuna and Tuna like Species in the North Pacific Ocean released an assessment of Pacific Bluefin tuna.  As Members of the ISC, NOAA Fisheries SWFSC scientists acted as leaders in

Cooperative Research to Monitor the Recovery of Depleted Groundfishes in Southern CA: A Habitat Blueprint Project

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Deep water rockfishes (in the genus Sebastes, which is Greek for “magnificent”) once supported vibrant commercial and recreational fisheries in southern California. In 2001, cowcod (Sebastes levis), one of the most prized rockfishes, was declared overfished and several “closed areas”,

Fishery Data, On the Double

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Collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and the fishing industry allows for more efficient and accurate data collection in two valuable Pacific fisheries—hake and sardine.  Read more in the following NOAA Fisheries feature story. "NOAA Fisheries is responsible for conducting stock assessments of

Rockfish Recompression Research

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For decades, fishery managers have been faced with the problem of maintaining access to viable fish stocks while avoiding excess bycatch mortality on overfished species.  For species such as rockfish (Sebastes spp.) it has long been assumed that fish captured

Foraging Ecology of Shortfin Mako, Blue and Common Thresher Sharks

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The California Current is a productive eastern boundary current that is an important habitat for a number of highly migratory shark species that depend on the current as a nursery and foraging ground. Three of

Opah Research in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

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The opah (Lampris guttatus) is a large, mid water pelagic fish that occurs seasonally in the Southern California Bight (SCB). While they are not targeted, they are taken incidentally in both local recreational fisheries for tuna and the California drift

New Research on the Decline of the White Abalone, Haliotis sorenseni

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    Researchers from the Fisheries Resources Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Kevin Stierhoff (Advanced Survey Technologies Group) and John L. Butler (Advanced Survey Technologies), in collaboration with Melissa Neuman (NOAA NMFS SWRO, Protected Resources Division), have recently

International Efforts to Assess the Status of Pacific Sardine Stocks

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Scientists from the U.S. and Canada are working together to strengthen Pacific sardine stock assessments.  SWFSC scientists conduct regular Pacific sardine stock assessments to determine harvest guidelines for this economically important species.  In May, Canadian and NMFS scientists, together with

2012 Summer Coastwide Tri-National Sardine Survey and SaKe Survey

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       The Southwest Fisheries Science Center will conduct two cruises to support an international coastwide survey of the distribution and abundance of Pacific sardine and other coastal pelagic species in order to enhance stock assessments. The first is

Cooperative Groundfish Research at the SWFSC (Video)

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Since 2002, Dr. John Butler, Dr. David Demer, and other researchers at NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) have been conducting cooperative fisheries research with Capt. Ken Franke, owner of the fishing vessel Outer Limits and president of the

2012 Coastwide Survey Featured on San Diego Channel 10News

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On April 10, 2012, Channel 10 News aired “Scientists to Set Sail to Monitor Sardines Scientists on Bell M. Shimada to Survey Coastal Waters from Mexico to Santa Barbara” The report covers the 2012 Coastwide Survey. This will be the

New Barotrauma Webpage Posted

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Click to view the new webpage following  FRD’s barotrauma study , including research results and a video of the efforts. On Wednesday December 21, 2011, FRD staff initiated a study on post release survival of rockfish following field recompression.  The goal of

Spring CalCOFI Survey is Underway

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Since 1951, The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI), a unique partnership between NOAA Fisheries Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the California Department of Fish and Game, has been monitoring the California Current through regular surveys. The information is used

A Glimpse into the Elusive Basking Shark's Habits

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On Monday, February 13th, 2012, the San Diego Union Tribune published an article on NMFS's latest successful attempt in gathering information on the dwindling Basking Shark population. The piece, entitled "Shark's journey a first for science,"featured an interview with Heidi Dewar regarding

Abalone Research Article in Union Tribune

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 On December 11, 2011 the Union Tribune published a short piece entitled “Abalones cling to life as recovery plan forms.” The article cited NOAA fisheries biologist , Dr. John Butler, and his current research in the field. The piece

2011 CalCOFI Conference

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The annual CalCOFI conference was held December 12 14th at the Sumner Auditorium, SIO. Eighty participants representing government, academia and industry attended from Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Members of the California Department of Fish and Game

SWFSC hosts the 12th annual Trinational Sardine Forum

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  Photo of 2012 TSF Participants   On December 8th and 9th, the SWFSC held the 12th Annual Trinational Sardine Forum (TSF) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA. The Forum attendees included seventy participants from Australia,

Scientists Sink Their Teeth Into Shark Study

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    Photo credit Hayne Palmour IV, North County Times  Scientists from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's Fisheries Resources Division recently completed an 18 day survey along southern California's coastal waters to catch, tag, and release common thresher sharks.  The survey

Public Asked to Report Basking Shark Sightings

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It is hard to believe that scientists need help finding one of the largest fish in the ocean. But so few basking sharks remain in the waters off California that researchers are hoping the general public can assist by reporting

FRD Tags Two More Basking Sharks in the Pacific Ocean

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Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) have shown up once again off the coast of Southern California and sportfishermen and private boaters are reporting sightings from Carlsbad to the U.S. Mexico border. On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Dr. John Hyde and Owyn

New Paper on North Pacific Albacore Migration

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A new paper was published in the most recent issue of Fisheries Oceanography. Archival tags were used to study the seasonal movements, migration patterns and vertical distribution of juvenile North Pacific albacore (Thunnus alalunga). Between 2001 and 2006, archival tags were

Your Chance To Visit With NOAA Scientists in Southern California

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NOAA will have  exhibits  at the Fred Hall Fishing and Boat Show in Long Beach (March 9 13) and Del Mar (March 24 27). Nautical charts, marine forecast information, fisheries research, management, FishWatch, and marine conservation are just a few of

SWFSC Scientists Showcase ROV Surveys of Deep-water Corals along the West Coast

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SWFSC scientists have launched a new interactive Google Earth page documenting a recent research cruise between San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. Remotely operated vehicle

SWFSC Scientists Prepare New Fact Sheet on Thresher Sharks

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SWFSC scientists have prepared a downloadable  fact sheet  on thresher sharks and their fisheries.  The common thresher shark is the most important commercial shark species in the U.S. west coast highly migratory species fisheries. Threshers are caught primarily in the California

New Journal Article on Pacific Sardine Recruitment Predictors

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Sam McClatchie and Kevin Hill of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, with co authors from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, have a paper in an advanced online issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The harvest guideline for

NOAA Fisheries tags first basking shark in the Pacific Ocean

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  On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, eight miles offshore from San Diego, California, Dr. John Hyde, the supervisor of FRD's Molecular Genetics program, and Owyn Snodgrass, a member of the FRD Large Pelagics Program, successfully tagged a basking shark, the

Deep water coral cruise virtual tours available now

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  In early April, members of the Benthic Resources Group (FRD) participated in a one week collaborative research cruise aboard the NOAA Ship PISCES to investigate deep water rocky reefs and associated sponges, corals, fishes and invertebrates off the coast

The National Weather Service announces warmer than average equatorial Pacific sea surface temperatures

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Scientists from NOAA's National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center noted that weekly eastern equatorial Pacific sea surface temperatures were warmer than average at the end of June.  These changes may indicate an increased likelihood of a transition later in the year to El Niño conditions, a climate phenomenon

New Fisheries Oceanography web pages go live

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Four FRD staff members receive top NOAA honors

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SWFSC Research on Vermilion Rockfish is Front Page News

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West Coast Fisheries Survey Vessels

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Juvenile Shark Abundance Survey Begins

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Fisheries Resources Division News (April 3, 2006)

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On Saturday Sue Manion and Dimitry Abramenkoff departed on the New Horizon for the 17-day spring CalCOFI cruise.

Fisheries Resources Division News (January 9, 2006)

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David Field’s SIO Ph.D. thesis work on climate change will be published in the journal/ Science/.

Cruise 234

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The DAVID STARR JORDAN was built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1964 and commissioned in San Diego, CA, in 1966.

Fisheries Resources Division News (August 2, 2005)

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The 2005 Juvenile Mako Shark Survey returned after 18 days of fishing in the southern California Bight. A total of 5,719 hooks were fished at the 28 sampling stations. Captured sharks were tagged with conventional spaghetti tags, satellite transmitting tags, and tetracycline.

Fisheries Resources Division News (October 17, 2005)

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Paul Crone recently returned from ICCAT’s (/International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas/) Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) Meeting, which was held in Madrid, Spain in late September/early October 2005.

Fisheries Resources Division News (November 7 2005)

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Amy Hays, Dimitry Abramenkoff and Noelle Bowlin departed last Friday on the SIO vessel New Horizon for the fall CalCOFI cruise. They will be complete the six CalCOFI lines between San Diego and Avila Beach and return to San Diego on November 21, 2005.

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