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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>
AFSC News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
FY 2015 EFH Funding
Funding for essential fish habitat research and ocean acidification (update) for FY 2015. More>
AMSS 2015 Posters
Posters presented by AFSC scientists at the 2015 Alaska Marine Science Symposium are now available online. 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

Successful Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Humpback Whale Listing

  • NOAA Fisheries has proposed to reclassify the humpback whale into 14 distinct population segments under the Endangered Species Act. More>

Yukon River Chinook Salmon Returns Show Pronounced Differences

  • The information from this radio-tagging study of Yukon River Chinook salmon provides new insight into the current status and management of salmon return. More>

Stable Isoptope Models Predict Northern Fur Seal Foraging Habitat

  • A novel approach to quantifying both diet and habitat use for a wide range of species is to measure stable isotope ratios of nitrogen and carbon in different tissues. More>

Passive Acoustic Monitoring to Study Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

  • After 2 years of continuous testing and mooring design improvement, the Cook Inlet beluga acoustics program has successfully collected high-quality, year-round acoustic data throughout the extremely challenging conditions of the Cook Inlet environment. More>

CHAOZ-X Quarterly Report for Jan - March 2015

  • The CHAOZ-X is a multi-year study to document the temporal and spatial distribution of baleen whales near in the northeast Chukchi Sea and to relate variations to oceanographic conditions, indices of potential prey density, and anthropogenic activities. More>

AFSC Longline Survey Catch and Abundance Data Mapping Tool

  • A cool new tool leads directly to interactive maps and data query pages that aid in choosing stations and management areas for longline survey data queries. More>!

New Norton Sound Bathymetry Data Available Online

  • As a continuation of work in Alaskan waters, scientists with the AFSC’s Groundfish Assessment Program have published smooth sheet bathymetry for Norton Sound, Alaska, to provide better seafloor information for fisheries research. More>

Aleutian Harbor Seal Satellite Telemetry Study Update

  • Research conducted by a team of scientists from NOAA, the National Park Service, and the Marine Mammal Center to collect baseline data on the health and behavior of satellite-tagged harbor seals in the Aleutian Islands has been updated for April 2015. More>

Study of Sampling Efficiency of ROVs and AUVs in Untrawlable Fish Habitat

  • Scientists working with the Untrawlable Habitat Strategic Initiative conducted their first full-scale experiment testing the sampling efficiency of optical and acoustic technologies for assessing the abundance of fishes in untrawlable habitat. With video. More>


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Last updated 22 April, 2015


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