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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, 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 four 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

17th Annual Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting

17th Annual Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting 2016

The 17th Annual Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting (SOEM) will be sponsored by NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center and will be held in Juneau, Alaska on 29-31 March in 2016. This three-day meeting will kick off with a one-day discussion session, focusing on physical and biological ocean conditions observed in 2015. Managers and interested researchers from throughout the eastern Pacific are invited to attend this roundtable discussion on how the previous year’s ecosystem state may influence future recruitment and fisheries production. more>

 
Recruitment, Energetics, & Coastal Assessment: Research Feature

Early Marine Ecology of Juvenile Chinook Salmon on the Yukon Delta, Alaska

Yukon River Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) are an important subsistence, commercial, and recreational resource. With runs once numbering close to 300,000 adults per year, these fatty fish were once the mainstay of subsistence communities and commercial fisheries all along the river. However, since the late 1990s, Chinook salmon returns have been in a period of prolonged decline with far fewer fish returning to the river to spawn. To help restore stocks, managers implemented measures to control Chinook salmon harvest. more>

 
Longline Survey Data

AFSC Longline Survey Data

Summaries of the annual AFSC Longline Survey catch and abundance data are now easily accessible via the web. Learn more by clicking on the link above.

 
Pink Salmon

Forecasting Pink Salmon Harvest in Southeast Alaska

Understanding how ocean conditions and climate impact salmon year class strength is an objective of the Auke Bay Laboratories (ABL) Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring (SECM) project. The SECM project has collected a time series of indexes that include juvenile salmon and their associated biophysical data in coastal Southeast Alaska (SEAK) since 1997. For more information on forecasting pink salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska, click more>

 

Featured Research, Publications, Posters, Reports, and Activities

  • "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
     
  • Auke Bay Laboratories Research Reports and Activities
     
  • Feasibility of tagging sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria, with pop-off satellite tags in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
    ECHAVE, K. B. 2016. Feasibility of tagging sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria, with pop-off satellite tags in the northeast Pacific Ocean. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-320, 38 p. (.pdf, 1.5 MB).  Online.
     
  • Influence of timing of sea ice retreat on phytoplankton size during marginal ice zone bloom period on the Chukchi and Bering shelves.
    FUJIWARA, A., T. HIRAWAKE, K. SUZUKI, L. EISNER, I. IMAI, S. NISHINO, T. KIKUCHI, and S. I. SAITOH. 2016. Influence of timing of sea ice retreat on phytoplankton size during marginal ice zone bloom period on the Chukchi and Bering shelves. Biogeosciences 13:115-131. 10.5194/bg-13-115-2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-115-2016.  Online.
     
  • Results of the 2014 underwater camera survey of the eastern Bering Slope and Outer Shelf.
    GODDARD, P., R. WILBORN, C. ROOPER, K. WILLIAMS, R. TOWLER, M. SIGLER, and P. MALECHA. 2016. Results of the 2014 underwater camera survey of the eastern Bering Slope and Outer Shelf. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-313, 304 p. (.pdf, 63.7 MB).  Online.
     
  • Genetic stock composition analysis of chum salmon from the prohibited species catch of the 2014 Bering Sea walleye pollock trawl fishery and Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries.
    KONDZELA, C. M., J. A. WHITTLE, D. YATES, S. C. VULSTEK, H. T. NGUYEN, and J. R. GUYON. 2016. Genetic stock composition analysis of chum salmon from the prohibited species catch of the 2014 Bering Sea walleye pollock trawl fishery and Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-314, 49 p. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA-TM-AFSC-314, 49 p. (.pdf, 2 MB).  Online.
     
  • Seasonal Phenology of Zooplankton Composition in the SE Bering Sea, 2008-2010
    By:  LISA EISNER, ALEXEI PINCHUK, COLLEEN HARPOLD, ELIZABETH SIDDON, KATHY MIER
    Conference:  Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Feb 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.76 MB)   Online.

     
  • Ichthyoplankton Diversity in the Eastern and Western Gulf of Alaska During Spring and Summer of 2011 and 2013
    By:  DEBORAH M. BLOOD, ANN C. MATARESE, ELIZABETH C. SIDDON, JESSICA R. RANDALL
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 6.97 MB)   Online.

     


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