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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
     
  • Age at maturity, skipped spawning, and fecundity of female sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) during the spawning season.
    RODGVELLER, C. J., J. W. STARK, K. B. ECHAVE, and P-J F. HULSON. 2016. Age at maturity, skipped spawning, and fecundity of female sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) during the spawning season. Fish. Bull., U.S. 114:89-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.114.1.8.  Online.
     
  • Genetic stock composition analysis of the Chinook salmon bycatch samples from the 2014 Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries
    GUTHRIE, C. M. III, HV. T. NGUYEN, and J. R. GUYON. 2016. Genetic stock composition analysis of the Chinook salmon bycatch samples from the 2014 Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries. U.S. dep. Commer., NOAA TM-AFSC-311, 31 p. (.pdf, 900 KB).  Online.
     
  • Genetic stock composition analysis of the Chinook salmon bycatch from the 2014 Bering Sea walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) trawl fishery
    GUTHRIE, C. M. III, HV. T. NGUYEN, and J. R. GUYON. 2016. Genetic stock composition analysis of the Chinook salmon bycatch from the 2014 Bering Sea walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) trawl fishery. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA-TM-AFSC-310, 25 p. (.pdf, 880 KB).  Online.
     
  • Very low embryonic crude oil exposures cause lasting cardiac defects in salmon and herring.
    INCARDONA, J. P., M. G. CARLS, L. HOLLAND, T. L. LINBO, D. H. BALDWIN, M. S. MYERS, K. A. PECK, M. TAGAL, S. D. RICE, and N. L. SCHOLZ. 2015. Very low embryonic crude oil exposures cause lasting cardiac defects in salmon and herring. Sci. Rep. 5:13499. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep13499  Online.
     
  • Spawning Omission and the Productivity Deepwater Rockfish in the North Pacific Ocean
    By:  CHRISTINA CONRATH, PETE HULSON
    Conference:  American Fisheries Society, 145th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, Aug 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 3.75 MB)   Online.

     
  • Early Marine Ecology of Juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on the Yukon Delta, Alaska
    By:  Katharine Miller, Darcie Neff
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 1.78 MB)   Online.

     


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