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Nick Wegner is a Research Fisheries Biologist with NOAA Fisheries, he will speak about rockfish habitat, depletion levels, etc. He will also speak about their research tagging rockfish and examining survival following catch and release using recompression tools. He works at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla.
The workings of the center is of interest to anyone involved with the ocean. Their five research divisions generate the scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of the region's fish, marine mammals and turtles, seabirds, and invertebrates. They also conduct research on the impacts of environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems, and on fishery and conservation socio-economics. Their scientists use satellite tags, submersibles, and underwater autonomous and remotely operated vehicles to track turtles across the Pacific, identify critical habitat, survey fish populations and more. (Mike Ito may have some questions about those!) They conduct comprehensive research in the California Current, the eastern tropical Pacific and Antarctica, and on Marine Protected Areas. They also have a fleet of ships assigned to them for their research.