Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Conducting scientific research to ensure that the region's marine and anadromous fish, marine mammal, marine turtle and invertebrate populations remain at healthy and sustainable levels, as functioning parts of their ecosystems and continue to enhance the quality of life for the public.

Our Location

Maps of California and Antarctica with SWFSC locations

The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is headquartered in La Jolla, California, and has science laboratories located in Santa Cruz and Monterey, California. We also have field stations in Piedras Blancas, Granite Canyon, and Arcata, California, and two stations on the Antarctic Peninsula.


Our mission is to generate and communicate the scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of the region’s marine life.

Our Leadership

Management Team