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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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Pamela Jensen
Field Blog: Crab Growth Study
NOAA scientists Dan Urban and Pamela Jensen report from Dutch Harbor, Alaska. More>
Ice-associated Seal Ecology Team Group Photo
Field Blog: Ice-associated Seals
NOAA scientists Michael Cameron, Josh London and Shawn Dahle report from the Bering Sea. More>
AFSC News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
Scientific Experts Meeting
The Fourth Meeting of Scientific Experts of Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean will be held Sept. 26-28, 2016 in Tromsø, Norway. More>
New Research Reports
Research program reports and activities for October through December 2015. 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
"" Dispatches from the Field
"" 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, tech memos, stock assessments, journal articles, research reports.
Data & Tools
Survey, catch, age and growth,
life history, telemetry, interactive maps, spatial data, software.
Quick Links

Bilateral Effort Underway to Assess Populations of Arctic Seals and Polar Bears

  • American and Russian government scientists are using infrared cameras that detect warm-bodied animals, coupled with high-resolution cameras to locate and identify seals on pack ice in the high Arctic. More>

Bilateral Effort Underway to Assess Populations of Arctic Seals and Polar Bears

  • During early April, scientists collected Tanner and snow crab in the eastern Bering Sea which are now being regularly monitored in tanks at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. More>

Field Reports: Snow and Tanner Crab Growth Study in Dutch Harbor, AK

  • During early April, scientists collected Tanner and snow crab in the eastern Bering Sea which are now being regularly monitored in tanks at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. More>

Field Reports: Ice-associated Seal Ecology Research Survey in the Bering Sea

  • AFSC Scientists are in the central Bering Sea conducting ecology research surveys on ice-associated seals. More>

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in Action: How biological surveys support sustainable Alaskan fisheries

  • You donít have to sample a lot of area to get good science! Small samples over very large areas produce good science. More>

Sentinels of Change: Gray Whales in the Arctic

  • The Arctic is an area of the world that is quickly changing. Aerial surveys over the Chukchi Sea are providing valuable information about where gray whales are, where they are bottom-feeding, and how they behave. More>

Mountain Streams Offer Climate Refuge

  • In the face of climate change, a new study offers hope for cold-water species by addressing a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions. More>

New Web Tools to Examine What Fish Eat and Track Marine Ecosystem Trends

  • Two new databases make it easy to access comprehensive, long-term diet data for key Alaska marine fish species and to track ecosystem trends for four large marine ecosystems that surround Alaska. More>

New Studies on the Adaptability of Crabs to Ocean Acidification

  • New studies on the effects of ocean acidification support a growing body of evidence that the future for Tanner and blue king crab stocks in Alaska waters is, at best, uncertain. More>

Alaska Marine Ecosystems Considerations Web Redesign

  • The Ecoweb provides information about the status of the Alaska Marine Ecosystem for the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the scientific community and the public. Check out its new website!

2014 Underwater Camera Survey of the Eastern Bering Sea

  • Results of the 2014 Underwater Camera Survey of the eastern Bering Sea slope and outer shelf are now available online. More>

Scientists Establish Baseline for Alaska Communities' Response to Change

  • In a new study by NOAA Fisheries, scientists looked at 347 Alaska communities to assess their dependence on marine resources and socio-economic well-being. More>


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Last updated 29 April, 2016

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