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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>

AFSC Research Program Reports and Activities, Spring 2014

  • Scientists with the AFSC's Auke Bay Laboratories, National Marine Mammal Laboroatory, Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division, and Habitat and Ecological Processess program report on research accomplishments and activities, Spring 2014. 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>

AFSC Scientists Present at the 29th Lowell Wakefiled Fisheries Symposium 

  • AFSC scientists contributed to the 29th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, in Anchorage, Alaska, which comprised seven sessions, broadly divided into topics on biological, ecological, and socio-economic issues on one side and gear technology, regulations, monitoring, and industry cooperative programs on the other. More>

AFSC Scientists Participate in the PICES FUTURE Open Science Meeting

  • Center scientists contributed to the PICES FUTURE Open Science Meeting on the Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, with participants from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, the United States and United Kingdom. The goal of the meeting was to to review progress on its integrated science program FUTURE (Forecasting and Understanding Trends, Uncertainty and Responses of North Pacific Marine Ecosystems) and to identify gaps and mechanisms to fill them. 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>

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>

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

  • 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 in the eastern Bering Sea (spring to fall and fall to spring). More>


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Last updated 24 July, 2014


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