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2015 Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey Highlights Unusual Ocean Conditions

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey has concluded, completing the 33rd year of evaluating the abundance and distribution of pelagic young-of-the-year rockfish and other groundfish off central California and the 11th year of sampling off southern and northern California.

Online Seminars: Deep-sea Corals and Sponges as Habitat

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A group of NMFS researchers convened an online seminar series to help scientists, managers, and the general public better understand the role of deep-sea corals and sponges as habitat for managed species.

NMFS Scientists Take a First Look at Deep-sea Corals Near the California-Oregon Border

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and cameras, the SWFSC Habitat Ecology Team and colleagues from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and Oregon State University surveyed deep-sea corals and habitats for the first time in areas of longtime trawl fishing off northern California.

Changing Winds Explain Most Pacific Coast Warming

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Changes in winds over the eastern Pacific Ocean explain most of the warming trend along the West Coast of North America in the last century, according to a new analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Unusual North Pacific Warmth Jostles Marine Food Chain

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Scientists across NOAA Fisheries are watching a persistent expanse of exceptionally warm water spanning the Gulf of Alaska that could send reverberations through the marine food web.

A Remarkable Warming of Central California’s Coastal Ocean

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A remarkable warming of Central California’s coastal ocean took place over the first three weeks of July. The warming was especially strong from July 15 to 23, which coincided with a period when the region’s typically strong and persistent summertime northwesterly winds were very weak or absent.

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker Shakedown Cruise

Fisheries Ecology Division,

SWFSC and NWFSC scientists conducted shakedown mission trials on the new NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker, testing equipment and basic ship operations.

High Predation Rates by Avian Predators on Threatened Steelhead Populations

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers used a creative experiment to assess predation rates by Western Gulls on threatened juvenile steelhead populations in six central California coast watersheds.

2012 Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Mary Yoklavich has received the 2012 Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award, honoring excellence in habitat conservation in the marine environment.

Timing of Steelhead Reproduction Found to Be Highly Heritable

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division scientists have used intergenerational genetic tagging of Russian River steelhead to demonstrate high heritability in the timing of their return from the ocean and subsequent reproduction.

Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat, Request for Proposals

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has announced a Request For Proposals to modify Pacific coast groundfish Essential Fish Habitat (EFH).

Groundfish STAR Panel for Data-Moderate Assessments

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division hosted a Pacific Coast Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for data-moderate assessments.

Five-Year Review of Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released a report summarizing information that has become available since the last Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review was concluded in 2006.

California Hatchery Scientific Review

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A comprehensive review of California's salmonid hatcheries was conducted by an expert panel of scientists, including Fisheries Ecology Division researchers Michael Mohr and John Carlos Garza.

Ocean Salmon Survey 2012

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division performed the southern-Oregon / Northern-California portion of the annual coast-wide salmon survey, covering marine waters from Newport, Oregon to Pigeon Point south of San Francisco.

Juvenile Rockfish - Ecosystem Assessment Survey Concludes

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division concluded the 30th year of an annual midwater trawl survey for juvenile rockfish and other pelagic micronekton.

Research on Movements of Green Sturgeon Wins American Fisheries Society 2011 Publications Award

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The paper "Electronic Tagging of Green Sturgeon Reveals Population Structure and Movement among Estuaries" was selected as the best publication for 2011 in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group

Fisheries Ecology Division,

SWFSC and USGS researchers started the Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group to support GIS training, capacity building and increased awareness of marine spatial data sets among the broader GIS science community in the Monterey Bay area.

Southern California Coral and Sponge Community Report

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division's Habitat Ecology Team has released a new report characterizing the coral and sponge community on Piggy Bank seamount in Southern California.

Tagged Sablefish Recovered Decades Later

Fisheries Ecology Division,

In the last six months, commercial fisherman have recovered three sablefish tagged between 1986 and 1991.

Data Needed for 5-Year Review of Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat

Fisheries Ecology Division,

NMFS is calling on all interested parties to provide new and updated information related to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific coast groundfish.

Deepsea Coral and Sponge Image Database Launched

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s Habitat Ecology Team launched an online database with images of corals and sponges on rocky banks off southern California.

Christmas Tree Black Corals Surveyed Near Channel Islands, Southern California

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division completed a successful research cruise surveying deepsea corals, sponges, and associated fishes on rocky banks off Southern California.

Deepsea Coral and Fish Habitat Surveys Conducted on Underwater Mountain

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division completed a cruise surveying corals, sponges, and associated habitats, invertebrates, and fishes on the Piggy Bank, an underwater mountain off Southern California.

Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Cruise Concludes

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s annual rockfish cruise concluded on June 12 following approximately 40 days at sea.

First Sampling Phase Complete for Chinook Salmon Ocean Distribution Mapping

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The first phase of sampling has been completed for mapping the ocean distribution and migration patterns of Chinook salmon in the California Current.

Genetic Stock Identification of 2010 Monterey Bay Chinook Salmon Recreational Fishery

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s genetics team sampled and analyzed catches from the Monterey Bay Chinook salmon recreational fishery on the 2010 season opening weekend.

Klamath Basin Science Conference

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers played a significant role in the Klamath Basin Science Conference held in Medford, Oregon in February.

Science Article on Endangered Central Coast Coho

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Science Magazine reported on the plight of the endangered central California coast coho salmon and the increasing probability of extinction due to three consecutive years of exceedingly low returns.

Determining Yield for Data-Poor Stocks

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Fisheries Ecology Division researchers compared results from two data-poor methods to results from accepted data-rich stock assessments of various west-coast groundfish species.

Deepsea Coral Research Priorities Workshop

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Mary Yoklavich participated in a workshop to develop west coast research priorities for NOAA’s Deepsea Coral Program.

NRC Panel Studies California Bay-Delta Water Management

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers attended the first meeting of a National Research Council panel studying sustainable water management in the California Bay-Delta.

Salmon Creek Reintroduction Experiment Successfully Produced Juvenile Coho

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division scientists provided genetic analysis of Salmon Creek juvenile coho, confirming they are progeny resulting from a reintroduction experiment in late 2008.

Workgroup Evaluates Hatchery Chinook Marking and Tagging Programs

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division scientists convened a workgroup meeting to evaluate alternative marking and tagging programs for hatchery produced California fall Chinook salmon.

Bronzespotted and Greenspotted Rockfish Assessments Reviewed

Fisheries Ecology Division,

In September an independent review was conducted for the Fisheries Ecology Division’s stock assessments for bronzespotted and greenspotted rockfish in California waters.

Bocaccio and Widow Rockfish Assessments Accepted

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers Xi He and John Field presented the results of the bocaccio and widow rockfish stock assessments to the PFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.

Scientific Uncertainty in Stock Assessments Evaluated

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Steve Ralston (FED) and Ray Conser (FRD) attended a PFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee meeting organized to establish an analytical approach to representing scientific uncertainty in stock assessments used by the Council.

Fourth International Otolith Symposium

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division co-hosted the Fourth International Otolith Symposium in Monterey, California.

Wildfire Near Salmonid Recovery and Research Facility

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A hatchery used by the Fisheries Ecology Division for salmonid recovery and research was spared from the recent wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Model Presented to the Sacramento River Temperature Task Group

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers presented a high-resolution river temperature model and web-based user interface to the Sacramento River Temperature Task Group.

Bocaccio and Widow Rockfish Assessments Completed

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers completed the bocaccio and widow rockfish stock assessments and presented them for STAR panel review.

Annual West Coast Midwater Trawl Survey Completed

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division has completed its annual midwater trawl survey characterizing the epipelagic micronekton community inhabiting continental shelf and slope waters along the central California coast.

Klamath River Dam Removal Meeting

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers met with Federal and State agencies and Klamath River stakeholders regarding the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.

Juvenile Rockfish Cruise Begins

Fisheries Ecology Division,

The Fisheries Ecology Division’s Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey began on Wednesday May 20th.

MAFAC Presentation on Sacrament River Fall Chinook Decline

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division Director Churchill Grimes gave a presentation to the MAFAC on causes for the decline of the Sacramento River fall Chinook fishery on the west coast in 2008.

Marine Debris Video in Santa Cruz Film Festival

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Marine debris video “Keepers of the Deep” has been selected for screening at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

California Historical Catch Reconstruction

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers completed a manuscript describing the California historical catch reconstruction project.

Report on Sacramento River Fall Chinook Stock Collapse Available

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A multi-agency scientific review panel lead by SWFSC and NWFSC scientists released a report that outlines potential causes for the recent severe decline of Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon.

California Coast Coho Salmon Continue to Decline

Fisheries Ecology Division,

A survey of California coast monitoring projects indicate the decline in adult coho salmon returns was worse this year than last year.

Density Ratio Working Group Meeting

Fisheries Ecology Division,

Fisheries Ecology Division researchers attended a meeting of the Density Ratio working group, which has been modeling and evaluating the possible use of marine protected areas as reference sites for data poor fisheries.

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