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The mission of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center is to generate the scientific information and analysis necessary for the conservation, management, and utilization of the region's living marine resources.

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NOAA's Arctic Action Plan
This plan provides a roadmap for monitoring, understanding, and protecting this vast, valuable, and vulnerable region. More>
AFSC Historical Corner
The history of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center dates back to 1867. Check out the historical timelines, photographs, research vessels, testimonies, and more>
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3rd National Climate Action Plan
This report finds that climate change is affecting the American people already and underscores the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change. More>
Other Cool Stuff
Multimedia Gallery,
Groundfish Survey Data, Glacial Ice Photos, Fish Ageing Demo, Rockfish Game, Fish & Invertebrate Photos
AFSC Divisions
"" Auke Bay Labs
"" Fisheries Monitoring & Analysis
"" National Marine Mammal Lab
"" Resource Assessment &
  Conservation Engineering
"" Resource Ecology & Fisheries
General Info
Information about the AFSC mission, administration, directory, activities, facilities, directory, jobs, news, links
Information on species of fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, and seabirds.
Citations database, stock assessments, tech memos, journal articles, research reports.
Data & Tools
Survey, catch, age and growth, life history, telemetry, interactive maps, spatial data, software.
Quick Links

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals Project Begins

  • The Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) project will be airborne from July to October 2014, as part of a long-term monitoring project that has occurred every year since 1979. ASAMM is designed to provide scientific information on marine mammal ecology in a vast area over Alaskan arctic waters to help manage and conserve marine mammals and their habitat. More>

Proposed Rule to Modify Subsistence Harvest of Northern Fur Seal

  • NMFS proposes to modify the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern
    Pacific stock of northern fur seals based on a petition from the Pribilof
    Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council. More>

Interactive Mapping Tool for Cook Inlet Fish Habitat Research

  • The Groundfish Assessment Program's mapping study of Cook Inlet, Alaska, is part of a project using smooth sheets and interactive mapping to provide better seafloor information for fisheries research. More>

Positive Finding on Alaska's Petition to Delist Humpback Whale Population

  • NOAA Fisheries announces a positive 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific stock of the endangered humpback whale as a Distinct Population Segment and delist it under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists estimate there are a minimum of 5,833 of this population, which migrates between Alaska and Hawaii. More>

Interactive Mapping Tool for GOA and BSAI 2013 Fish/Invertebrate Catches

  • This mapping system updated for 2013 observer data provides visitors a tool to better understand where fish and invertebrates are caught in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish fisheries. More>

FAQs About the Bering Sea Canyons and Sustainable Fishing

  • Should the Bering Sea canyons be closed to fishing to protect sensitive habitats? Read a few FAQs about the science and the decision-making. More>

Monitoring Endangered Steller Sea Lions

  • AFSC scientsts are using an unmanned hexacopter this summer in the western Aleutian Islands to photograph the endangered Steller sea lion and in collaboration with Russian scientists have developed remote time-lapse camera systems to document sea lions at Russian rookeries throughout the year.

Spring and Fall Phytoplankton Blooms in the Eastern Bering Sea, 1995–2011

  • The timing and magnitude of phytoplankton blooms in subarctic ecosystems often strongly influence the amount of energy that is transferred through subsequent trophic pathways. This feature article presents a hypothesis to explain how the large crustacean zooplankton taxa Calanus spp. likely respond to variation in the interval between blooms (spring to fall and fall to spring). More>


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 24 July, 2014


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