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The abundance of coastal pelagic species is strongly influenced by environmental cycles. El Niño-La Niña events are short-term cycles. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation is a longer term oceanic cycle. Read more about these natural cycles, as well as a status report on California’s Living Marine Resources by clicking on the following links:


California’s Living Marine Resources: A Status Report (2001) - California Department of Fish and Game
(40MB PDF)

Coastal Pelagic Species: Overview
(108Kb PDF)
Jack Mackerel
(312kb PDF)

California Market Squid [updated 2006] | [CDFG - 2001]
(205Kb PDF)
Pacific Northern Bluefin Tuna
(564kb PDF)

Pacific Sardine
(272Kb PDF)
Skipjack Tuna
(580kb PDF)

Northern Anchovy
(144Kb PDF)
Yellowfin Tuna
(580kb PDF)

Pacific Mackerel
(164Kb PDF)

Reconstruction of the History of Pacific Sardine and Northern Anchovy Populations Over the Past Two Millennia from Sediments of the Santa Barbara Basin, California - By Tim Baumgartner et al (In CalCOFI Report Vol. 33, 1992)
(1.49MB PDF)

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) - By Steven Hare
(300kb PDF)

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation - A summary - By Nathan Mantua, Ph.D.
(400kb PDF)

Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI)
(488kb PDF)

Indices of El Niño Evolution (Abstract) - By Kevin Trenberth et al.
(104kb PDF)




Fishing Green - By Richard H. Parrish PhD, Fisheries Biologist
(275kb PDF)




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