Welcome to Auke Bay Laboratories
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 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
News and Research Highlights
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>
NOAA Fisheries shark biologist, Cindy Tribuzio explains the science behind assessing the age of a shark–in this case– the Pacific spiny dogfish, and finding out their range and areas that they travel. The Pacific spiny dogfish is one of the three species of sharks that NOAA Fisheries manages in the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, and the Aleutian Islands area. click 'More' for a link to our Shark page and the new video embedded at the bottom. More>
Featured Research, Publications, Posters, Reports, and Activities
- 2015 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 2015 released. The 2015 Southeast Alaska pink salmon forecast is now available. This forecast model has performed well in 10 of the last 11 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
- Auke Bay Laboratories Research Reports and Activities
- NOAA's Alaska Ocean Acidification Research Plan for FY15-FY17.
SIGLER, M. F., T. P. HURST, M. T. DALTON, R. J. FOY, J. T. MATHIS, and R. P. STONE.
2015. NOAA's Alaska Ocean Acidification Research Plan for FY15-FY17. AFSC Processed Rep. 2015-02, 59 p. Alaska Fish. Sci. Cent., NOAA, Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115. (.pdf, 1.2 MB). Online.
- Alaska Fisheries Science Center Loss of Sea Ice (LOSI) Plan for FY15-FY19
SIGLER, M. F., K. Y. AYDIN, P. L. BOVENG, E. V. FARLEY Jr., R. A. HEINTZ, and R. R. LAUTH.
2015. Alaska Fisheries Science Center Loss of Sea Ice (LOSI) Plan for FY15-FY19. AFSC Processed Rep. 2015-01, 11 p. Alaska Fish. Sci. Cent., NOAA, Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115. (.pdf, 730 KB). Online.
- Extension of genetic stock composition analysis to the Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) trawl fisheries, 2012.
GUYON, J. R., C. M. GUTHRIE III, A. R. MUNRO, J. JASPER, and W. D. TEMPLIN.
2014. Extension of genetic stock composition analysis to the Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) trawl fisheries, 2012. U. S. Dep. Commer., NOAA-TM-AFSC-285, 26 p. (.pdf, 725 KB) Online.
- Toward biophysical synergy: Investigating advection along the Polar Front to identify factors influencing Alaska sablefish recruitment.
SHOTWELL, S. K., D. H. HANSELMAN, and I. M. BELKIN.
2014. Toward biophysical synergy: Investigating advection along the Polar Front to identify factors influencing Alaska sablefish recruitment. Deep-Sea Res. II 107:40-53.
- Western Alaska Chum Salmon — New Effort to Improve Genetic Markers for Fishery Management
By: JEFFREY GUYON, CHRISTINE KONDZELA, JACKIE WHITTLE, COLBY MARVIN, SCOTT VULSTEK
Conference: Coastwide Salmon Genetics Meeting (2014), University of Alaska, Juneau, AK, June 2014
(2014 poster, .pdf, 1.1 MB) Online.
- Were Record Pink Salmon Returns to Alaska in 2013 a Consequence of Favorable 2012 Ocean Conditions, and Can Forecasting Tools be Developed to Better Account for Survival at Sea?
By: JOSEPH A. ORSI, EMILY A. FERGUSSON, ANDREW W. PISTON, RICHARD E. BRENNER, STEVEN C. HEINL
Conference: Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA, Mar 2014
(2014 poster, .pdf, 1.46 MB) Online.
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