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The mission of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center is to generate the scientific information and analysis necessary for the conservation, management, and utilization of the region's living marine resources.

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Seafood 101
The Pacific Northwest Fishing Industry, NOAA Fisheries, and the Seattle Times-Newspaper in Education program have partnered together to produce a special newspaper supplement featuring stories about the value of seafood and the industry. Check it out!
AFSC Historical Corner
The history of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center dates back to 1867. Check out the historical timelines, photographs, research vessels, testimonies, and more>
Summer 2014 Research Reports
AFSC research summaries for July-September 2014 for Auke Bay Labs, National Marine Mammal Lab, and Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division are available online. More>
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NOAA's Arctic Action Plan
This plan provides a roadmap for monitoring, understanding, and protecting this vast, valuable, and vulnerable region. More>
Other Cool Stuff
Multimedia Gallery,
Groundfish Survey Data, Glacial Ice Photos, Fish Ageing Demo, Rockfish Game, Fish & Invertebrate Photos
AFSC Divisions
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General Info
Information about the AFSC mission, administration, directory, activities, facilities, directory, jobs, news, links
Information on species of fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, and seabirds.
Citations database, stock assessments, tech memos, journal articles, research reports.
Data & Tools
Survey, catch, age and growth, life history, telemetry, interactive maps, spatial data, software.
Quick Links

Fifth Annual International Whaling Commission POWER Cruise

  • The National Marine Mammal Laboratory reports on the fifth annual Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (POWER) cruise conducted 2 July to 30 August 2014 to study the distribution and abundance of baleen whales in the vast North Pacific Ocean in areas where populations were depleted by 20th century commercial whaling. More>

Archeozoological Record of P. Cod Life History Revealed Through Otoliths

  • Using otoliths recovered from Alaskan archeological sites dated from 200+ and 100+ years before present along with modern collections in Aialik Bay, Alaska, members of the Center's Age and Growth program analyzed oxygen isotope ratios to reconstruct the near-shore temperature regime and Pacific cod habitat use in the Gulf of Alaska since the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). More>

Otoliths Provide Insights Into Effects of Climate on Marine Ecosystems

  • Climate indicators based on otoliths from yellowfin sole and Pacific ocean perch in the Bering Sea, as well as shells from Arctic surf clams, are used to measure the sensitivity of these sentinels to climate variability and ecosystem forcing. More>

Restructured Observer Program's Analysis and Proposals

  • The Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division reports on its analysis and proposals to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council as part of the the restructured North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program annual review process. More>

2014 Eastern Bering Sea Survey Data Available Online

  • Bottom trawl surveys covering the eastern Bering Sea shelf have been conducted since 1975 and annually since 1979. Results of the 2014 survey continue the time series with up-to-date estimates of biomass, abundance, and population structure of crab and groundfish populations in support of stock assessment and ecosystem forecast models that form the basis for groundfish and crab harvest advice. More>

Research Feature: Genetic Studies of Western Alaska Chum Salmon

  • Scientists with the AFSC's Genetics Program reports on genetic analysis of juvenile chum salmon samples, providing new insight into the production and behavior of western Alaska chum salmon. More>

New Studies of Age-0 Pollock and P. Cod in the Gulf of Alaska

  • AFSC scientists are in the process of developing a new, long-term monitoring survey designed to assess the health, abundance, and distribution of age-0 pollock and P. cod and other marine species with the goal of providing information to aid stock assessment and resource management efforts in the Gulf of Alaska. More>

Scientists Seek Economic Data on Southwest Alaska Fisheries

  • What is the contribution of commercial fishing and seafood processing to the Southwest Alaska economy? AFSC scientists are seeking improved data on that topic by asking Southwest Alaska fish harvesters, processors, and local support businesses to participate in the Southwest Alaska Fisheries Economic Activity Survey. More>

Economic Indices for the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries

  • This report details the calculation and visualization used to create indices for monitoring economic performance in the Alaskan North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries published in the annual Economic Status of the Groundfish Fisheries off Alaska report. More>

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals Project

  • The Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) project, airborne through Octtober 2014, is part of a long-term monitoring project designed to provide scientific information on marine mammal ecology in a vast area over Alaskan arctic waters. More>


This is an official United States Government web site produced by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service,
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Last updated 23 October, 2014


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