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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

Big Increase Reported for Bering Sea Pollock Survey Abundance Estimates

  • Preliminary fish survey results released today by AFSC scientists indicate a nearly 60% increase in walleye pollock survey biomass in the Bering Sea. The announcement, made at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Groundfish Plan Team meeting in Seattle, is good news for the country’s largest fishery by volume. More>

Research Feature: Genetic Studies of Western Alaska Chum Salmon

  • In western Alaska, chum salmon are critical for subsistence, commercial, and cultural reasons. Scientists with the AFSC's Genetics Program report on genetic analysis of juvenile chum salmon samples, providing new insight into the production and behavior of western Alaska chum salmon. More>

New Studies of Age-0 Pollock and P. Cod in the Gulf of Alaska

  • AFSC scientists are in the process of developing a new, long-term monitoring survey designed to assess the health, abundance, and distribution of age-0 pollock and P. cod and other marine species with the goal of providing information to aid stock assessment and resource management efforts in the Gulf of Alaska. More>

Scientists Seek Economic Data on Southwest Alaska Fisheries

  • What is the contribution of commercial fishing and seafood processing to the Southwest Alaska economy? AFSC scientists are seeking improved data on that topic by asking Southwest Alaska fish harvesters, processors, and local support businesses to participate in the Southwest Alaska Fisheries Economic Activity Survey. More>

Unusual North Pacific Warmth Jostles Marine Food Chain

  • Unusually warm temperatures dominate three areas of the North Pacific: the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and an area off Southern California. The warm expanse appeared about a year ago and the longer it lingers, the greater potential it has to affect ocean life from jellyfish to salmon, researchers say. More>

Economic Indices for the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries

  • This report details the calculation and visualization used to create indices for monitoring economic performance in the Alaskan North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries published in the annual Economic Status of the Groundfish Fisheries off Alaska report. More>

Review of the 2013 North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program

  • As part of a new annual review process for the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program, the Observer Science Committee used a set of performance metrics to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of observer deployment into the trip- and vessel-selection categories of the partially observed fleet. More>

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals Project

  • The Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) project, airborne through Octtober 2014, is part of a long-term monitoring project designed to provide scientific information on marine mammal ecology in a vast area over Alaskan arctic waters. More>


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Last updated 29 September, 2014


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