Southwest Fisheries Science Center - NOAA Fisheries Service
The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research arm of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service in the Southwest Region. Center scientists conduct biological, economic, and oceanographic research on marine resources throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica, to ensure that these populations remain healthy and at sustainable levels. Responsibilities include maintaining healthy fish stocks for commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing; conserving and recovering populations of protected species; sustaining ecosystem services; and coordinating with domestic and international organizations to implement and monitor fishery agreements and treaties. Scientists at the SWFSC are involved in a variety of areas of research concerned with how atmospheric climate influences the ocean and how changes in the ocean environment affect the dynamics of marine resources. These studies encompass ecosystem scale data collection, assessments and forecasts. Research includes assessing, understanding and predicting the effects of climate and environmental variability on the production of living marine resources, ecosystem structure and ecosystem function. The integration of ecosystem and climate research reaches across all divisions at the SWFSC.
Phone: (858) 546-7000