California Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOAA Fisheries Service

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is the federal agency, a division of the Department of Commerce, responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone (water three to 200 mile offshore).

  • NOAA Fisheries Northwest Regional Office
    The Northwest Region administers National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. The Northwest Region is the lead for managing the West Coast groundfish fishery with the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Groundfish Fishery Management Plan covers a multi-species complex of 89 species from Mexico to Canada.
    • Northwest Fisheries Science Center
      The Northwest Fisheries Science Center studies living marine resources (e.g., salmon, groundfish, and killer whales) and their habitats in the Northeast Pacific Ocean-primarily off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and in freshwater rivers and streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Center seeks to better understand living marine resources and their ecosystems to assist resource managers in making sound decisions that build sustainable fisheries, recover endangered and threatened species, and sustain healthy coasts.
  • NOAA Fisheries Southwest Regional Office
    Headquarters for the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Region, located in Long Beach, California, is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources found off the coast of California in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries Southwest Region also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under the jurisdiction of the State of California, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena, and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate. Sustainable Fisheries, Protected Resources and Habitat Conservation programs are administered throughout the Southwest Region. In addition to the Long Beach headquarters office, field offices are located in Arcata, Eureka, Ukiah, Yreka, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara, California.
    • Southwest Fisheries Science Center
      The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research arm of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region. The Center consists of three laboratories located in La Jolla (headquarters), Pacific Grove, and Santa Cruz, California. The Center's former Honolulu Laboratory in Hawaii is now the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducts marine biological, economic, and oceanographic research at these laboratories. Center scientists gather and analyze data on living marine resources and their environment throughout the Pacific and in the Antarctic. The ultimate purpose of the data collection and analysis is for protection and management of these resources, to ensure that fish, marine mammal, and sea turtle populations remain at sustainable and healthy levels and that the most effective fishing regulations and international fisheries treaties are implemented.