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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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NOAA's Arctic Action Plan
This plan provides a roadmap for monitoring, understanding, and protecting this vast, valuable, and vulnerable region. More>
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>
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3rd National Climate Action Plan
This report finds that climate change is affecting the American people already and underscores the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change. 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

Unusual North Pacific Warmth Jostles Marine Food Chain

  • Unusually warm temperatures dominate three areas of the North Pacific: the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and an area off Southern California. The warm expanse appeared about a year ago and the longer it lingers, the greater potential it has to affect ocean life from jellyfish to salmon, researchers say. More>

2014 Funded Prescott Grant Proposals

  • For FY2014, 35 competitive Prescott Grants were awarded totaling $2,701,316. The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program provides grants or cooperative agreements to eligible stranding network participants. More>

Alaska Marine Mammal Stock Assessments, 2013

  • Each assessment includes, when available, a description of the stock's geographic range, a minimum population estimate, current population trends, current and maximum net productivity rates, optimum sustainable population levels and allowable removal levels, and estimates of annual human-caused mortality and serious injury through interactions with commercial fisheries and subsistence hunters. 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>

Review of the 2013 North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program

  • As part of a new annual review process for the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program, the Observer Science Committee used a set of performance metrics to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of observer deployment into the trip- and vessel-selection categories of the partially observed fleet. More>

Involving Fishing Communities in Data Collection: The Alaska Community Survey

  • This report gives an overview of the 2010 Alaska Community Survey, results from the first year of implementation in 2011, and addresses the potential for this and other methods of engaging communities to better inform fisheries management in isolated areas of Alaska. More>

Study Shows Alaska Fisheries and Communities at Risk From Ocean Acidification

  • Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska’s valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new NOAA-led research that will be published online in Progress in Oceanography. 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>


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 16 September, 2014


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