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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

Phil Mundy
(907) 789-6000

Deputy Director
Peter Hagen
(907) 789-6029

News and Research Highlights

Summertime Tours at TSMRI

Get to know NOAA: Summertime Tours at TSMRI

The 66,000 square. ft. facility is the largest fisheries research laboratory among NOAA laboratory operations including locations in Newport, Oregon; Seattle, and in Alaska: Juneau, Kasitsna Bay, and Kodiak. NOAA is offering free tours of Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute each weekday at 1 p.m., June through September, except for holidays. Each tour is limited to 12 people ages 16 and older. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (though reservations are recommended by calling 907-789-6050). Cameras are welcome. Tours will begin and end in the downstairs aquarium area and will last about 55 minutes. 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>

Managing Shark Populations in Alaskan Waters

Managing Shark Populations in Alaskan Waters

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 2015 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
  • Long-term changes in summer zooplankton communities of the western Chukchi Sea, 1945–2012.
    ERSHOVA, E. A., R. R. HOPCROFT, K. N. KOSOBOKOVA, K. MATSUNO, R. J. NELSON, A. YAMAGUCHI, and L. B. EISNER. 2015. Long-term changes in summer zooplankton communities of the western Chukchi Sea, 1945–2012. Oceanography 28:100–115. DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2015.60  
  • New species of sponges (Porifera, Demospongiae) from the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska.
    LEHNERT, H., and R. P. STONE. 2015. New species of sponges (Porifera, Demospongiae) from the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Zootaxa 4033:451-483. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4033.4.1 
  • Evidence of multiple paternity in quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger).
    GRAY, A. K., C. J. RODGVELLER, and C. R. LUNSFORD. 2015. Evidence of multiple paternity in quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger). U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-303, 25 p. (.pdf, 1.14 MB).  Online.
  • Spilled Oils: Static Mixtures or Dynamic Weathering and Bioavailability?
    CARLS, M. G., M. L. LARSEN, and L. G. HOLLAND. 2015. Spilled Oils: Static Mixtures or Dynamic Weathering and Bioavailability? PLoS ONE 10:e0134448. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134448. (.pdf, 3 MB, open access).  Online.
  • Spawning Omission and the Productivity Deepwater Rockfish in the North Pacific Ocean
    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.


See the publications and posters databases for additional listings.

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