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Research Surveys in the Pacific Northwest

Our scientists conduct various field studies and surveys to estimate fishery populations, better understand marine life, and track ecosystem conditions off California, Oregon, and Washington.

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A pair of vaquita swimming south of the town of San Felipe, Baja California. Note the nick in the dorsal fin of the larger individual in the foreground. This was likely caused by past interactions with gillnets, from which the animal successfully escaped. Photo: Copyright Todd Pusser.  A pair of vaquita swimming south of the town of San Felipe, Baja California. Note the nick in the dorsal fin of the larger individual in the foreground. This was likely caused by past interactions with gillnets, from which the animal successfully escaped. Photo: Copyright Todd Pusser.
NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada during 2010 Pacific Hake Inter-Vessel Calibration off Eureka, CA NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada during 2010 Pacific Hake Inter-Vessel Calibration off Eureka, California. Credit: NOAA