California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations

Project Description
The CalCOFI survey area overlays three coastal zoogeographic
provinces, a coastal upwelling zone, and three oceanic water masses.
The oceanographic and ecological complexity of this region has been a
fertile research field for NMFS scientists since the beginning of
CalCOFI. A key goal is to learn how dynamic oceanographic features
affect the distribution and abundance of important fish species and
fish assemblages. This is important if we are to progress from single
species to multi-species and ecosystem management strategies. Close
collaboration with Mexican research partners in relation to their
biological-oceanographic survey.

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