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CalCOFI Conference Second Announcement

The 2015 CalCOFI Conference will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, CA, from Dec. 14-16 (Directions). Registration is open.

The symposium of the conference entitled “What Can Animal Telemetry Tell Us About Fisheries, MPAs and Nearshore Oceanography in the California Current" will be convened by Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Contributed papers and posters are also being accepted on a variety of marine topics.

El Niño Workshop Dec 16, 2015
CalCOFI and the Center for Ocean Solutions will be co-hosting a science workshop to discuss the 2015 El Nino and the potential impacts this event might have on the California Current, California Fisheries and the wider Pacific Ecosystem. This workshop is intended as a venue to share information, plan for the collection of critical data and discuss implications for marine life management. We hope to see you at the workshop at MBARI, 7700 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, CA on Wed. Dec 16, 2015 from 9am to 2 pm.

All information regarding the conference, including registration forms, conference hotels, and deadlines, can be found at the CalCOFI conference website at:


Important Reminders:

  1. Abstracts for verbal presentations and poster titles are due Nov. 6. Sample abstract format is shown below.
  2. The room reservation deadline for conference rates for one of the hotels in Monterey is Nov. 13. Rooms may only be available at the conference rate after this date if space permits.
  3. Please register and pay the registration fee by Dec. 1. The form is available on the conference website. You can use a credit or debit card, PayPal account, or personal check (US only).

We hope to see you in December!

Conference-related communications should be addressed to: Symposium questions should be addressed to:
John Heine Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett
CalCOFI Conference Coordinator/Editor CalCOFI Reports Telephone: (707) 875-2035
NOAA-SIO-Cal. Fish and Wildlife E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jacksonville University, Marine Science Research Institute  
2800 University Blvd. N  
Jacksonville, FL 32211  
Telephone: (904) 521-3526  
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Summary of Important Dates
1 November Deadline for financial aid requests
6 November Final Abstract due for both verbal presentations and posters (in English, in electronic format)
1 December Registration fees due
14 December 1300-1700 Opening of the Conference - Status of the California Current and its Fisheries
15 December 0800 CalCOFI Symposium, and Contributed Papers
1700-1900 Poster session at Moss Landing Marine Labs
16 December 0900-1400 El Nino Workshop
1700 Conclusion of CalCOFI Conference


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2014 CalCOFI Conference was held at the Scripps Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in La Jolla, CA ( Map Dec 8 - 10. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated. We hope to see you at the next CalCOFI Conference.

The topic for the 2014 Symposium convened by Dave Checkley, SIO: Predicting the California Current System - Please review CalCOFI Reports Vol 56, 2015 for published talks.

The California Current System (CCS) extends from British Columbia to Baja California. The southern end of the CCS has been observed by CalCOFI for more than 65 years. What will the CCS be like in the coming decades and beyond? How well can the CCS, or parts of it, be forecast on the scale of days to seasons? How will warming, stratification, acidification, and deoxygenation affect the CCS? How well management and policy decisions are informed depends on answers to such questions. The 2014 CalCOFI Symposium will address these issues. Presentations will include such topics as the prediction of the California Current using statistical and dynamical models, ranging from physics to fishers, and including the atmosphere and ocean. Model types will include general circulation models, regional models, Atlantis-type models, and hybrids including fish and human biology.

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The 2013 CalCOFI Conference was held in the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Campus, in La Jolla, CA, 9-11 December, 2013 ( Map ).

Thanks to all presenters and attendees for making it such a great success. We hope you will join us at this year's CalCOFI Conference.

The Symposium of the Conference: Forage species and assemblages in the California Current System

Forage fish and squids have long been recognized to be an important component of the California Current System, beyond the importance of sardine, market squid, anchovy and mackerels that support both large and small fisheries. Studies to date have generally taken a single species approach to forage fish. Assessments and monitoring are currently conducted on discrete species. However it is increasingly recognized that the forage species constitute a dynamic assemblage where species dominance varies over time, outbursts and rapid declines are endemic, and the roles of predator and prey in the ecosystem change both with species abundance and with growth in size within individual species. The complex role of forage needs to be better understood as ecosystem-based management becomes established practice.

The CalCOFI Symposium was convened by: Sam McClatchie, NOAA Fisheries,

Please review CalCOFI Reports Vol. 55 2014 for papers presented or submitted for publication.

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