Organization of Fisheries Resources Division

NOAA Fisheries is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which resides in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Federal fishery matters in the southwestern United States fall within the jurisdiction of the Southwest Region (SWR) office located in Long Beach, California. The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research wing of the SWR. The Fisheries Resources Division consists of eleven integrated Programs under the direction of the Division Director.

Director: Annie Yau

Manages Division; directly supervises research on reproduction in fishes and airborne lidar surveys; coordinates links between the Division and international organizations, especially Mexico and Canada; serves as Acting CalCOFI Representative for the SWFSC.

Communications and Administration

Supervisor: Dale Sweetnam, Ph.D.

Provides administrative assistance to Division Director and staff. Manages budget development, personnel matters and hirings. Coordinates travel, training and meetings. Provides editorial support and web development for Division.

Ecosystem Monitoring


Supervisor: Andrew Thompson, Ph.D. (Acting) 

Ship Operations

Supervisor: David Griffith 

Manages all cruises and data bases for Division; technical staffing of all cruises (supplemented by other Division employees); sorts all plankton collected by Division; provides data products to Division scientists; operates, maintains shipboard sampling gear (MOCNESS samplers, egg pumps, high speed trawls, CTD); develops /maintains shipboard and land-based data-entry systems; represents Division/SWFSC interests in vessel operations; provides guidance and expertise to Division on data processing and management issues.

Advanced Survey Technology

Supervisor: David Demer, Ph.D.

AST supports ecosystem-based fisheries management through new or innovative uses of sampling technologies. AST's objectives include: characterize measurements and sampling uncertainties, and define gaps in existing data; develop, refine, and employ advanced survey technologies to improve the accuracy, precision and efficiency of fisheries surveys and thus resulting stock assessments; conduct fisheries research and surveys using the instrumentation and methods the AST develop; and maintain an emphasis on the scientific objectives, opposed to the instrument or instrument platform being developed.

Fishery Monitoring

Supervisor: John Childers

Transforms fisheries data into fisheries information via summations and statistical analyses to help support stock assessments, scientific studies, and national and international data reporting requirements. Modernizes collection and management of HMS biological, physical, and fisheries data through collaboration and the use of readily available technologies.

Fish Ecology

Conducts research on the physiological ecology and genetics of fishes; develops molecular techniques for larval identification; conducts research on the effects of anthropogenic and natural environmental stressors on the early life stages of fishes; provides guidance and expertise on physiology and molecular biology.

Genetics, Physiology and Aquaculture

Supervisor: John Hyde, Ph.D.

Addresses questions across multiple focus areas (e.g., groundfish, coastal pelagic species (CPS), highly migratory species (HMS), ichthyoplankton monitoring). Provides guidance to the developing marine aquaculture industry in the region, including captive propagation programs aimed to recover threatened or endangered species. Provides management guidance to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s West Coast Regional Office, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC), and the scientific community.

Life History

Supervisor: Annie Yau, Ph.D.

Researches the reproductive biology, growth, foraging ecology, and distribution of highly migratory and coastal pelagic species in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Develops quantitative parameters for reproduction, growth, foraging ecology, and distribution through biological sampling, soft and hard tissue analysis, dissections, and tagging work.

Ichthyoplankton Lab

Supervisor: William Watson

Conducts research on ecological relationships of the early life history stages of fishes taken during CalCOFI and other ichthyoplankton surveys; provides basis for stock assessments by identifying eggs and larvae of fishes taken on CalCOFI, egg pump, and other Division field surveys; stages eggs and establishes egg staging systems for Daily Egg Production Method (DEPM) surveys and other projects; provides Division guidance and expertise on early life history of fishes for habitat and community ecology studies and stock assessments.

Analysis and Synthesis

Economics and Social Science

Supervisor: Dale Squires, Ph.D.

Economic evaluation of management options for coastal pelagic and groundfish stocks; represents SWFSC & Division in the Pacific Fishery Management CouncilThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer; conducts research on fishery economics and provides guidance and expertise in fishery economics.

Fishery Oceanography

Supervisor: Andrew Thompson, Ph.D. (Acting)

Contributes to the understanding of the effects of climate change and climate variability on California fisheries, with a primary focus on pelagic fisheries and forage species. Produces multidisciplinary analyses to inform ecosystem based management using long-term datasets from the CalCOFI program. Evaluates and develops indices to facilitate incorporation of environmental variability into stock assessments. Serves data requests from the larger community and produces web-based summaries of cruise results.