Marine Biology Seminar: Dr. Andrew Thompson (NOAA SWFSC)
"The CalCOFI Program: Monitoring and Managing the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem since 1949"
Abstract: Implemented in the 1940s to elucidate the cause of a massive collapse of the Pacific sardine fishery off the west coast of North America, CalCOFI is one of the longest running marine monitoring programs in the world. Since its inception, CalCOFI has since evolved into a comprehensive marine ecosystem monitoring program that tracks the spawning dynamics of hundreds of species fishes; fluctuations in marine mammal, sea bird and invertebrate populations; and changes in physical oceanography. In today’s talk I will describe the history and evolution of the CalCOFI program, detail how CalCOFI has helped to evaluate the efficacy of marine protected areas off southern California, and provide examples of some emerging studies that are using advanced technologies to provide insight on fishery dynamics and ecosystem status with CalCOFI data.