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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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New Research Reports
Research program reports and activities for October through December 2015 More>
AFSC News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
2016 Longline Survey Calendar
The longline survey calendar for 2016 is now available online. 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

Feedback Encouraged on Southeastern Bering Sea Climate Science Plan

  • As part of NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, the public is invited to provide feedback on the draft Regional Action Plan for Southeastern Bering Sea Climate Science. More>

New Action Plans Outline Recovery Efforts for Eight ‘Species in the Spotlight’

  • NOAA Fisheries released new 5-year action plans for the eight marine species identified as among the most at risk of extinction through NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight. More>

Winter Survey Yields More than Science

  • Data collected during a special winter survey may yield some important information about female sablefish that will help in its management. The fish caught during this survey also provided a welcome meal through the Kodiak, Alaska food bank. More>

Changes in Humpback Whale and Herring Behavior in Prince William Sound

  • During 2014 and 2015 surveys in Prince William Sound, AFSC scientists observed shifts in humpback whale and herring behavior that may have been a prelude to ecosystem changes observed across the Gulf of Alaska. More>

Why Increase of Humpback, Fin, and Minke Whales in Eastern Chukchi Sea?

  • From 2008 to 2015, large whale sightings in the eastern Chukchi Sea were dominated by bowhead and gray whales. But, unlike early years, sightings of humpback, fin, and minke whales were no longer rare. More>

Advances in the North Pacific Groundfish Economic Status Report

  • Each year the North Pacific Groundfish economic status report gives managers and stakeholders recent estimates of economic variables in the fisheries. As the needs of management and stakeholders evolve, so has the Economic SAFE to meet these changing demands. More>

New Guide to Species Commonly Known as Cods in the Eastern North Pacific

  • This new guide to species commonly known as cods in the eastern North Pacific Ocean is designed to be used by researchers, students, and industry professionals to help identify these abundant, common, and commercially important species. More>

Forecast for Pink Salmon Returns in Southeast Alaska in 2016

  • The AFSC Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring Project has posted its 2016 forecast of 30.4 million pink salmon returns for Southeast Alaska. More>


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

Last updated 10 February, 2016


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