Groundfish Assessment Program
The Groundfish Assessment Program is responsible for planning, executing, analyzing, and
reporting results from surveys to establish time series estimates of the distribution and
abundance of Alaska groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands.
The program also investigates biological processes and interactions with the environment to
estimate growth, mortality, and recruitment to improve the precision and accuracy of forecasting
stock dynamics. Impacts of bottom trawls on the seafloor and the description of bottom type are also
being studied in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
The Groundfish Assessment Program in cooperation with the RACE
Shellfish Assessment Program annually conducts a bottom trawl
assessment survey for groundfish and king and Tanner crabs in the eastern Bering sea. This survey was initiated
in 1971 and has been conducted annually since 1979. Annual surveys of sablefish abundance in the Bering
Sea/Aleutian Islands region and Gulf of Alaska have been conducted since 1979 in cooperation with the
AFSCs Auke Bay Laboratory. Major
triennial surveys have been conducted for groundfish resources in the Aleutian Islands region, and in portions
of the eastern Bering Sea not included in the annual groundfish/crab survey
since 1977. Standard trawls and longlines have been used throughout these time series surveys. Special purpose
surveys and studies have been conducted to improve understanding of biological processes, interaction with the
environment, and factors affecting the precision and accuracy of estimates of abundance and population forecasts.
Data derived from Groundfish surveys are documented
in scientific reports and are incorporated into stock assessment advice to
the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the
North Pacific Fishery Management Council,
international fishery management organizations, the fishing industry, and the general public.
Recent Poster Presentations, Publications, Reports & Activities
- LAUTH, R. R., and J. CONNER.
2014. Results of the 2011 Eastern Bering Sea continental shelf bottom trawl survey of groundfish and invertebrate fauna. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-266, 176 p. (.pdf, 8 MB). Online.
- ROOPER, CHRIS, MIKE SIGLER, GERALD HOFF, BOB STONE, and MARK ZIMMERMANN. 2013. Determining the Distributions of Deep-sea Corals and Sponges Throughout Alaska. AFSC Quarterly Report Feature (October-November-December 2013) 4 p. (.pdf, 1.85 MB). Online.
- KOTWICKI, S., and R. LAUTH.
2013. Detecting temporal trends and environmentally-driven changes in the spatial distribution of bottom fishes and crabs on the eastern Bering Sea shelf. Deep Sea Res. II 94:231-243.
- HOFF, G. R.
2013. Results of the 2012 eastern Bering Sea upper continental slope survey of groundfish and invertebrate resources. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-258, 268 p. (.pdf, 22.9 MB). Online.
- A Preliminary Analysis of the Reproductive Biology of Pacific Ocean Perch, Sebastes alutus, in the Gulf of Alaska
By: CHRISTINA L. CONRATH, BRIAN KNOTH
Conference: ComFish Alaska 34th Annual Trade Show, Kodiak, AK, Mar 2013
(2013 poster, .pdf, 505 KB) Online.
- Shrimps of Alaska
By: D. T. DRUMM, JAMES W. ORR
Conference: non-conference use
(2013 poster, .pdf, 8.45 MB) Online.
Yes, Virginia, Walleye Pollock is Gadus chalcogrammus
See the poster and publications databases for additional listings.
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