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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>
2015 Survey Sample Request
February 27 2015 is deadline for requesting samples for the collection of biological specimens and instrument data during the AFSC groundfish and shellfish assessment surveys. More>
2015 Seminar Series
The Center's 2015 science seminars are presented Tuesdays through March 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. Alan Haynie presents "Modeling Fisher Behavior Under Changing Policies, Economics, and Environmental Conditions, February 3. 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

Flying Beneath the Clouds at the Edge of the World Using a UAS

  • The use of unmanned aircraft systems in remote parts of western Alaska is a new tool to improve abundance estimates of the endangered Steller sea lion; the 2014 survey is the most successful survey of Steller sea lion pups and non-pups since the 1970s. More>

NOAA 2015 Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Forecast

  • Auke Bay Laboratories' 2015 harvest forecast for Southeast Alaska pink salmon is 54.5 million, with an 80% bootstrap confidence interval of 48-58 million. More>

NOAA Fisheries Approves Second Round of Fisheries Disaster Relief Funds

  • NOAA Fisheries is announcing the approval of the second round of fisheries disaster funds in the amount of $13M to assist fishermen affected by the 2012 commercial fisheries failure. More>

2014 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports for 2015

  • The North Pacific Groundfish SAFE reports are intended to summarize the best available scientific information concerning the past, present, and future condition of the stocks, marine ecosystems, and fisheries under Federal management. More>

Year 3 of The Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey

  • Scientists with the AFSC's Auke Bay Laboratories report on the Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey. The objective of the study is to understand the importance of shallow waters (< 20 m) as rearing habitats for forage fish species in the high Arctic. More>

Reconstructing Sperm Whale Catches in the North Pacific 

  • The remarkable sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) has probably been around for longer than any other living cetacean–perhaps as long as 25 million years–and it is superbly adapted to the pelagic ocean environment in which it expends its long life span. It also has been a victim of human greed. More>

New Bathymetry Data for Gulf of Alaska

  • Scientists with the RACE Groundfish Program proofed, corrected, and digitized 1.75 million lead-line and single-beam echosounder soundings from 225 National Ocean Service hydrographic surveys represented as smooth sheets in the central Gulf of Alaska, covering an arc of about 1,400 km of shelf. More>


This is an official United States Government web site produced by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 22 January, 2015


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