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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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AFSC News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
Summer 2015 Science Blog
Dispatches from the AFSC's Yukon River Chinook salmon field investigations. More>
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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>
Other Cool Stuff
Interactive Mapping Tools, 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

Results of the 2014 Gulf of Alaska Acoustic-Trawl Survey of Walleye Pollock

  • Results of the acoustic-trawl surveys of walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) in the Gulf of Alaska, February-March 2014 (DY2014-01 and DY2014-03). AFSC Processed Rep. 2015-05, 85 p. (pdf; 3.52 MB) More>

What’s the Status of Invasive Species in Alaska?

  • NOAA Fisheries in Alaska along with its partners is studying the potential impact of invasive species on fish habitat in Alaska. The Alaska seafood industry accounts for half of all U.S. fisheries and has much to lose from disruptions to ecological productivity. More>

Seeking Salmon - The Latest Yukon River Journey Update

  • The most recent research is based in the village of Emmonak, which is located close to where the South Mouth of the Yukon River empties into the sea. More>

What Was Learned During the 2014 Eastern Bering Sea Survey

  • The seafloor in the eastern Bering Sea (EBS) descends into the abyss several hundred miles from shore. AFSC Research Biologist Chris Rooper answers questions about last year's EBS survey conducted in and around various canyons located along the continental slope. More>

Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean 

  • Summary and presentations of the Third Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, Seattle, Washington, April 2015. More>

Get to Know NOAA: Summertime Tours

  • Juneau residents and their out-of-town guests are invited to a summertime insider tour of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, one of NOAA’s leading science facilities. More>

Atka Mackerel Tag Recovery Cruise Report, April-May 2015

  • The goal of this on-going tag release-recovery study is to determine the efficacy of tral exclusion zones as a management tool to protect critical habitat in the Aleutian Islands. More>

More on Yukon River Chinook Salmon Population Studies

  • Scientists have long been tracking adult Chinook salmon migrations into the Yukon River, which is the third largest river in the United States in terms of water flow. However, until current research was initiated, very little information had been gathered on the juvenile Chinook salmon migrating out of the river to the sea. More>

AFSC Scientists Develop a New Age Validation Method for Pacific Cod

  • The Center's Age and Growth Program has initiated a new strategy to validate age determination methods and estimate ageing inaccuracy for Pacific cod using stable oxygen isotope signatures in otoliths. More>

Maps from the 1930s Help Find Potential Fish Habitat in the Digital Age

  • More on AFSC scientists work with smooth sheets and translating old one-dimensional data into three-dimensional digitized layers of data for improving our understanding of essential fish habitat. More>


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

Last updated 29 June, 2015


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