Seabird at-sea surveys

Image courtesy of  CalCOFI .

Image courtesy of CalCOFI.

Farallon Institute conducts seasonal at-sea surveys of seabirds on the CalCOFI (California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation) survey grid (above) and on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Juvenile Rockfish-Ecosystem research program survey offshore of California and Oregon.  These surveys are an integral part of the CalCOFI Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) and Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) programs.  FI and other agencies have been collecting these observations since 1987 and these extensive observations, along with concurrently collected hydrographic and plankton data, contribute to understanding the effects of climate variability and change in the southern California Current Ecosystem. 

We produced annual reports of survey summaries from 2011-2016, and are moving to seasonal reports beginning in 2017.

CalCOFI survey reports:

Juvenile Rockfish-Ecosystem Survey reports: