National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Southeast Fisheries Science Center


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75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
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The Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) conducts multi-disciplinary research programs to provide management information to support national and regional programs of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and to respond to the needs of Regional Fishery Management Councils, Interstate and International Fishery Commission , Fishery Development Foundations, government agencies, and the general public.

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) is headquartered in Miami, FL . The SEFSC is responsible for scientific research on living marine resources that occupy marine and estuarine habits of the continental southeastern United States, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The SEFSC is one of the six national marine fishery science centers responsible for federal marine fishery research programs.

The Science

In general, SEFSC develops the scientific information required for:

  • fishery resource conservation
  • fishery development and utilization
  • habitat conservation
  • protection of marine mammals and endangered marine species

The Research

Impact analyses and environmental assessments for management plans and international negotiations are also prepared, and research is pursued to address specific needs in

  • population dynamics
  • fishery biology
  • fishery economics
  • engineering and gear development
  • protected species biology


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) provides stewardship of living marine resources for the benefit of the nation through their science�based conservation and management and promotion of the health of their environment. In the southeastern United States, that science is produced by NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC). Scientific data, information, and advice produced by the SEFSC represent a foundation of knowledge upon which living marine resource managers in the southeastern United States depend. SEFSC science is used for making informed decisions for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and productive and sustainable fisheries, restoring depleted populations and damaged habitats, and recovering populations of protected, threatened, and endangered species. The region is large and unique, comprising three large marine ecosystems under federal management jurisdiction measuring nearly eight million square miles in size. The federal region borders Mexico, Cuba, and jurisdictions of other Caribbean countries. This necessitates cooperative international research and management, making strategic trans-boundary engagement paramount.

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