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 categories1. 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

Focal Components:

  • Coastal pelagic species
  • Ecological Integrity
  • Goundfish
  • Highly migratory species
  • Human well-being
  • Marine mammals
  • Salmon
  • Seabirds

Human Activities:

  • Human activities

Mediating Components:

  • Habitat
  • Loal Social Systems