The California Current Ecosystem is one of the world’s four eastern boundary current ecosystems, which are characterized by high productivity, climatic variability, and high biodiversity. NOAA Fisheries is proud of our regional partnerships supporting collaborative and ecosystem-based decision making, and of our agency’s pioneering scientific work on the California Current Ecosystem.
NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers support our partners and the West Coast Region with an array of ongoing science programs and projects exploring the California Current Ecosystem.
Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region works with our agency colleagues around the country to develop nationwide policies on ecosystem-based fisheries management and to implement those policies through regional planning efforts.
Pacific Fishery Management Council Partnership
We partner with the Pacific Fishery Management Council and western states and tribes to implement ecosystem-based fisheries management off the U.S. West Coast.
About five years ago “the Blob” of warm ocean water disrupted the West Coast marine ecosystem and depressed salmon returns. Now, a new expanse of unusually warm water has quickly grown in much the same way, in the same area, to almost the same size. NOAA Fisheries is focusing additional monitoring on the new heatwave, designated the Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwave of 2019.