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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
Field Reports
Dispatches from the AFSC's recent field investigations. More>
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Tweet Chat With Our Scientists
Tweet  chat with three NOAA scientists about the warming Bering Sea. October 7, 11 a.m. 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

North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program Annual Report Update

  • The 2014 Annual Report provides information, analysis, and recommendations based on deployment of observers in the program. More>

NOAA Fisheries Awards More Than $2.5 Million for Bycatch Reduction

  • NOAA Fisheries has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. More>

New Bering Sea Climate Change Study To Focus on Fish and Fishing

  • The southeastern Bering Sea is an enormously productive ecosystem. However, as the climate changes, the species here, and the people who rely on them, will have to adapt. Government and academic scientists are working together to study these changes. More>

NOAA Fisheries' First-Ever Climate Science Strategy Announced

  • The NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy identifies objectives which will provide decision-makers with the information needed to reduce impacts and increase resilience in a changing climate. More>

Deaths of Large Whales in Gulf of Alaska Declared an "Unusual Mortality Event"

  • NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. More>

Steller Sea Lion Data Available for Download

  • Steller Sea Lion Count Database (Pups) 2015; Steller Sea Lion Count Database (Non-pups) 2015; 2015 Steller Sea Lion Brand Database; Steller Sea Lion Haulout and Rookery Locations in the United States. More>

AFSC Scientists Report on Climate Mediated Changes in Pacific Salmon Diets

  • Scientsts at the AFSC's Auke Bay Lab report on the biological and environmental variables influencing salmon diets in the Bering Sea, providing insight into the adaptability and vulnerability of salmon to changes in climate conditions. More>

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals

  • The Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals documents the distribution and relative abundance of marine mammals in areas of potential oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production activities in the Alaskan Beaufort and northeastern Chukchi Seas. More>


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Last updated 1 October, 2015


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