California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment

California Current - Ecosystem Components

Ecosystem components are defined as the major ecological characteristics of an ecosystem that can be used to organize relevant information in a limited number of discrete, but not necessarily independent categories. These categories include groups of living marine resources, like “seabirds”, “salmon”, and “coastal pelagic species”, that are foundationally important and highly valued members of the of the California Current ecosystem.


Drivers and Pressures:

  • Climate and Ocean drivers
  • Social drivers

Mediating Components:

  • Habitat
  • Local Social Systems

Focal Components:

  • Ecological Integrity
  • Coastal pelagic species
  • Salmon
  • Groundfish
  • Highly migratory species
  • Marine mammals
  • Seabirds
  • Human wellbeing

Human Activities:

  • Human activities