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PIER has recently partnered with the National Marine Fisheries Service to kick off a new electronic tagging project on opah, a poorly studied fish that is common off the California coast.


Fishery Development

The goal of the work is to better characterize opah habitat, document movements and connectivity with neighboring stocks and begin to collect the data needed for effective management.

One component of the larger opah study will focus on collecting basic biological information that can be used to assist with resource management.  This work will collaborate with regional partners both in the US and Mexico and initiate a study on the age and growth of opah.  Collaborators include NMFS scientists at the South West Science Center; the Sosa Laboratory in Ensenada (CICESE), and local fisherman.

This research is being performed through the support of the NMFS Saltonstall Kennedy Grant Program and the Offield Family Foundation.