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Welcome to Auke Bay Laboratories

ABL researchers are often at sea surveying commercially important fish stocks
ABL researchers are often at sea surveying commercially important fish stocks

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories (ABL) conducts scientific research throughout Alaska on commercially marketable species such as rockfish, sablefish, sharks and salmon, and on all aspects of marine ecosystems such as ocean physics and chemistry essential to fish habitats, and the structure and functioning of marine food webs. Information products are provided to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the NMFS Alaska Regional Office, fishing industries, state and federal regulators, and international treaty bodies.

Groups involved in managing human activities in Alaska’s coastal environments base their actions on ABL's knowledge of the quantities and qualities of fish and fish habitats. For example, ABL’s capabilities in genetics contribute information to the management of Alaska’s fisheries, including pollock fisheries in the Bering Sea, rockfish fisheries on the Gulf of Alaska, and salmon fisheries on the international boundary between the US and Canada

ABL is organized into five research programs: (see organizational chart)

The headquarters of ABL is the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, a "green" office and laboratory building located at Lena Point, north of Juneau, Alaska, serves as the focal point for a total of seven facilities. Five additonial facilities are located in southeast Alaska and two are on the Pribilof Islands in the central Bering Sea.

  • Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute - Lena Point, Juneau, AK (driving instructions)
  • Auke Bay Marine Station – Auke Bay, Juneau AK
  • Auke Creek Research Station – Auke Creek, Juneau, AK
  • Juneau Subport and Dock – downtown Juneau, AK
  • Little Port Walter Marine Station – on southern Baranof Island
  • Pribilof Island facilities – Bering Sea, AK

Director
Phil Mundy
(907) 789-6000
Phil.Mundy@noaa.gov

Deputy Director
Peter Hagen
(907) 789-6029
Peter.Hagen@noaa.gov

News and Research Highlights

2014 COASTWIDE SALMONID GENETICS MEETING

2014 COASTWIDE SALMONID GENETICS MEETING

The Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting is a biennial forum for presenting advances in genetic techniques as well as empirical genetic research involving salmonids. This conference aims to promote and further improve use of molecular techniques in conservation and restoration of salmonid biodiversity.

2014 meeting will be held from June 2nd to June 5th at the University of Alaska, Southeast (UAS) and hosted by UAS, the Auke Bay Laboratories Genetics Program, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Gene Conservation Laboratory, and the University of Alaska School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. More>

 

Featured Research, Publications, Posters, Reports, and Activities

  • 2014 AFSC Longline Survey Calendar. The 2014 AFSC Longline Survey calendar is now available. This document details the dates and locations for this annual survey.
     
  • Pink Salmon Forecast for 2014 released. The 2014 Southeast Alaska pink salmon forecast is now available. This forecast model has performed well in 9 of the last 10 years, giving estimates that averaged within 7% of actual harvests.
     
  • "Alaska Current Chapter of the "Marine Ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean 2003-2008" (PICES Spec. Publ. No. 4) by Phil Mundy, Ed Farley, Dana Hanselman, Jon Heifetz, Marcus Janout, Chris Lunsford, Kalei Shotwell, Molly Sturdevant and others
     
  • "Evidence of hook competition in longline surveys" by Cara Rodgveller, Chris Lunsford, and Jeff Fujioka
     
  • "Density-dependent growth of Alaska sockeye salmon in relation to climate–oceanic regimes, population abundance, and body size, 1925 to 1998" by Ellen Martinson, Jack Helle, Dennis Scarnecchia, and Houston Stokes
     
  • "Morphology and molecular phylogeny of Aureophycus aleuticus gen. et sp. nov (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) from the Aleutian Islands" by Hiroshi Kawai, Takeaki Hanyuda, Mandy Lindeberg, and Sandra C. Lindstrom
     
  • Forecasting Pink Salmon Harvest in Southeast Alaska
     
  • Auke Bay Laboratories Research Reports and Activities
     
  • Genetic stock composition analysis of Chinook salmon bycatch samples from the 2012 Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries.
    GUTHRIE, C. M., III, H. T. NGUYEN, and J. R. GUYON. 2014. Genetic stock composition analysis of Chinook salmon bycatch samples from the 2012 Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-270, 33 p. (.pdf, 920 KB).  Online.
     
  • Genetic stock composition analysis of chum salmon bycatch and excluder device samples from the 2012 Bering Sea walleye pollock trawl fishery.
    VULSTEK, S. C., C. M. KONDZELA, C. T. MARVIN, J. WHITTLE, and J. R. GUYON. 2014. Genetic stock composition analysis of chum salmon bycatch and excluder device samples from the 2012 Bering Sea walleye pollock trawl fishery. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-271, 35 p. (.pdf., 972 KB).  Online.
     
  • A comparison of statistical methods to standardize catch-per-unit-effort of the Alaska longline sablefish.
    MATEO, I., and D. H. HANSELMAN. 2014. A comparison of statistical methods to standardize catch-per-unit-effort of the Alaska longline sablefish. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-269, 71 p. (.pdf, 3 MB).  Online.
     
  • Estimation of bycatch in the unobserved Pacific halibut fishery off Alaska.
    TRIBUZIO, C. A., J. R. GASPER, and S. K. GAICHAS. 2014. Estimation of bycatch in the unobserved Pacific halibut fishery off Alaska. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-265, 506 p. (.pdf., 8 MB).  Online.
     
  • Short Term Variation in Nearshore Fish Communities in Barrow, Alaska
    By:  ANN ROBERTSON, RON HEINTZ, KEVIN BOSWELL, JOHN MORAN, JOHANNA VOLLENWEIDER, MARK BARTON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 1.95 MB)   Online.

     
  • ShoreZone Mapping in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest
    By:  CINDY A. E. HARTMANN MOORE, STEVE G. LEWIS, MARY C. MORRIS, JOHN R. HARPER, MANDY R. LINDEBERG, SUSAN M. SAUPE, DARREN N. STEWART
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 1.92 MB)   Online.

     


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