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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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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>
Quarterly Research Reports
AFSC research program reports and activity updates for summer 2014 to January 2015. More>
AMSS 2015 Posters
Posters presented by AFSC scientists at the 2015 Alaska Marine Science Symposium are now available online. More>
EFH Research Update
Essential fish habitat research projects, status reports, and publications for 2015. More>
2015 Survey Sample Request
February 27 2015 is deadline for requesting samples for the collection of biological specimens and instrument data during the AFSC groundfish and shellfish assessment surveys. More>
2015 Seminar Series
The Center's 2015 science seminars are presented Tuesdays through March 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. More>
Other Cool Stuff
Multimedia Gallery,
Groundfish Survey Data, Glacial Ice Photos, Fish Ageing Demo, Rockfish Game, Fish & Invertebrate Photos
AFSC Divisions
"" Auke Bay Labs
"" Fisheries Monitoring & Analysis
"" National Marine Mammal Lab
"" Resource Assessment &
  Conservation Engineering
"" Resource Ecology & Fisheries
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

Why Are Baby Sea Lions So Skinny?

  • New research indicates that this year is likely to be another rough year for California sea lions. High numbers of pups on California’s Channel Islands, a primary breeding colony for this species in the United States, appear to be suffering from starvation. More>

Using Technology to Improve Our Knowledge of Fisheries

  • NOAA Fisheries is exploring how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. More>

Economic Status Reports for Groundfish and Crab Fisheries

  • Current annual economic status reports for the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner crab fisheries are now available online. More>

Steller Sea Lion Survey Results, June-July 2014

  • The primary objective of the Steller sea lion survey in Alaska in 2014 was to survey all terrestrial rookeries and haul-out sites along the Aleutian Island chain. Results of the survey are available online. More>

Forage Fish Distribution and Diet in the Eastern Bering Sea

  • Researchers with the Center's Ecoystem Monitoring and Assessment Program report on the effects of climate warming on two key forage fish species, capelin and Pacific herring in the eastern Bering Sea. More>

Seabird Bycatch Estimates for the Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Fisheries

  • Total seabird mortality in 2013 associated with the Alaskan groundfish fisheries was the lowest recorded at 4,730 birds; as was expected, however, the bycatch of albatross did increase. More>

Improving Stock Assessments for Data-Poor Flatfishes in the Gulf of Alaska

  • The goal of this project was to update historical estimates of length and age at maturity for commercially important flatfish species in the Gulf of Alaska. Samples were collected at fishery processing plants in Kodiak, Alaska, in 2012-13 through a partnership with the industry group Alaska Groundfish Data Bank. More>

Flying Beneath the Clouds at the Edge of the World Using a UAS

  • The use of unmanned aircraft systems in remote parts of western Alaska is a new tool to improve abundance estimates of the endangered Steller sea lion; the 2014 survey is the most successful survey of Steller sea lion pups and non-pups since the 1970s. More>


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Last updated 19 February, 2015


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