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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 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>
2014 EBS Crab Report
This report of the Eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey includes the time series results from 1975 up to, and including, the 2014 survey data. The purpose of this survey is to collect data on the distribution and abundance of crab, groundfish, and other benthic resources in the EBS. More>
2015 Seminar Series
The AFSC's 2015 science seminars are presented Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m, beginning on January 13. Check back for locations. More>
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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>
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

NOAA 2015 Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Forecast

  • Auke Bay Laboratories' 2015 harvest forecast for Southeast Alaska pink salmon is 54.5 million, with an 80% bootstrap confidence interval of 48-58 million. More>

2014 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports for 2015

  • The North Pacific Groundfish SAFE reports are intended to summarize the best available scientific information concerning the past, present, and future condition of the stocks, marine ecosystems, and fisheries under Federal management. More>

Year 3 of The Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey

  • Scientists with the AFSC's Auke Bay Laboratories report on the Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey. The objective of the study is to understand the importance of shallow waters (< 20 m) as rearing habitats for forage fish species in the high Arctic. More>

Reconstructing Sperm Whale Catches in the North Pacific 

  • The remarkable sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) has probably been around for longer than any other living cetacean–perhaps as long as 25 million years–and it is superbly adapted to the pelagic ocean environment in which it expends its long life span. It also has been a victim of human greed. More>

New Bathymetry Data for Gulf of Alaska

  • Scientists with the RACE Groundfish Program proofed, corrected, and digitized 1.75 million lead-line and single-beam echosounder soundings from 225 National Ocean Service hydrographic surveys represented as smooth sheets in the central Gulf of Alaska, covering an arc of about 1,400 km of shelf. More>

NOAA Proposes Arctic Ringed Seal Critical Habitat: Seeks Public Comment

  • After extensive input from local and state governments, Native partners, and the public to determine proposed critical habitat areas for four subspecies of ringed seals, NOAA Fisheries is releasing those proposed designations for public comment. More>

Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for Aleutian Islands Fisheries

Fifth Annual International Whaling Commission POWER Cruise

  • The National Marine Mammal Laboratory reports on the fifth annual Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research cruise conducted in summer 2014 to study the distribution and abundance of baleen whales in the vast North Pacific Ocean in areas where populations were depleted by 20th century commercial whaling. More>

Archeozoological Record of P. Cod Life History Revealed Through Otoliths

  • Using otoliths recovered from Alaskan archeological sites dated from 200+ and 100+ years before present along with modern collections in Aialik Bay, Alaska, members of the Center's Age and Growth program analyzed oxygen isotope ratios to reconstruct the near-shore temperature regime and Pacific cod habitat use in the Gulf of Alaska since the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). More>

Otoliths Provide Insights Into Effects of Climate on Marine Ecosystems

  • Climate indicators based on otoliths from yellowfin sole and Pacific ocean perch in the Bering Sea, as well as shells from Arctic surf clams, are used to measure the sensitivity of these sentinels to climate variability and ecosystem forcing. More>


This is an official United States Government web site produced by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 22 December, 2014


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