On the West Coast, we work to respond to endangered species in need such as Southern Resident killer whales, a NOAA Fisheries Species in the spotlight. NOAA biologists are currently mobilized and responding to an emaciated and ailing three year-old killer whale (born December 2014), J50 also known as Scarlet, of the critically endangered Southern Resident population.
Learn more about how NOAA and partners are working together to help J50
West Coast ocean and river resources provide important economic and cultural value to our coastal and inland communities. We benefit from the region’s valuable fisheries and enjoy sharing our shores and sea with seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and marine turtles.
We work to protect and conserve marine life and their habitats in the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean off Antarctica, and within the freshwater systems of Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. Our work stretches across more than 300,000 square miles of the California Current ecosystem, more than 7,000 miles of tidal coastline, and vast areas of rivers and estuaries.
We study, manage, and conserve salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic fish such as anchovy and sardine, and highly migratory species such as billfish, sharks, and tunas. We also manage and conserve protected species such as Southern Resident killer whales, Pacific leatherback sea turtles, and the white abalone.
Our work is a joint effort between NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Office and the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers. Together, we offer sound science to support healthy ocean populations and ecosystems and to inform management decisions in an ever-changing environment.
We also partner with many state, local, international, academic, and non-governmental entities to ensure safe, sustainable seafood through commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture production. And we partner closely with West Coast Indian tribes to uphold our trust and treaty responsibilities and coordinate with domestic and international organizations to implement and monitor fishery agreements and treaties.