link to AFSC home page
Mobile users can use the Site Map to access the principal pages

link to AFSC home page link to NMFS home page link to NOAA home page

HEPR: Loss of Sea Ice

HEPR Home
Research Areas:
Loss of Sea Ice
Essential Fish Habitat
Ocean Acidification
Bering Sea Project
Reports
Core Team Members

Climate change is causing loss of sea ice in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Addressing ecosystem-related shifts is critical for fisheries management, because nationally important Bering Sea commercial fisheries (>40% US catch) are located primarily within the southeastern Bering Sea, and for successful co-management of marine mammals, which at least thirty Alaska Native communities depend on.


map of 2010 survey area  
   
ice seal  
   
mpa of Chukchi sea  

Groundfish and crab of the entire eastern Bering Sea shelf were surveyed in 2010, the first time in 20 years that the northern part (red oval) had been surveyed (the southeastern part is surveyed annually). The 2010 addition of northern Bering Sea sampling together with existing standard surveys (surface trawl/acoustic [BASIS], acoustic [MACE]), produced the most comprehensive survey of ocean conditions, plankton, fish and crab of the eastern Bering Sea shelf to date. These surveys also provide abundance and distribution information for some fish and crab species that are prey of ice seals.

 


Aerial abundance surveys of ice seals of the Bering and Okhotsk Seas were completed during 2012-2013.
Two synoptic aerial abundance surveys were completed for ribbon, spotted and bearded seals in the Bering Sea and in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2012 and 2013. Ice seal surveys previously were conducted in limited areas of the Bering Sea in 2007 and 2008. A survey of ringed seals in the Beaufort, Chukchi and northern Bering Sea is needed.

 

 

 

Surveys for oceanography, plankton, demersal and pelagic fish of the eastern Chukchi Sea shelf were completed in 2012 and 2013 by the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  This survey was funded by NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This is the first standard, shelf-wide survey in 20 (northern part) and 35 (southern part) years. See https://web.sfos.uaf.edu/wordpress/arcticeis/

 

 

 





 

Related Reports and Activities



             Home | Site Map | Contact Us | Webmaster | Feedback | Privacy | Disclaimer | Accessibility | Print            doc logo