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The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) is responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. The SWFSC in La Jolla, CA manages and conducts research involving Pacific fisheries and marine mammal research for the protection and management of these resources throughout Western Pacific and Antarctica. The existing SWFSC facility, built in 1964, is currently adjacent to a coastal bluff that is undergoing severe erosion and retreat.
NOAA will implement the proposed action analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. NOAA will construct and operate a new SWFSC building at a 3.3 acre undeveloped property located across La Jolla Shores Drive from the existing facility. A minimum of two existing at-risk SWFSC structures will be removed and the property currently used by NOAA will be returned to UCSD. The new building will be constructed in conformance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design principles to minimize impacts to the environment. The ROD contains a number of measures to mitigate environmental effect of the planned action.