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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>
Integrating Science & Culture
Sea Grant agent works with Arctic communities to study bowhead whales. 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>
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

New NOAA Technical Memorandums Available Online

  • Assessment of a pilot study to collect coral bycatch data from the Alaska commercial fishing fleet. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-296, 45 p. (.pdf, 5.4 MB).  Online

  • The 2013 eastern Bering Sea continental shelf bottom trawl survey: Results for commercial crab species. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-295,166 p. (.pdf, 24 MB).  Online

  • Reality-based marine protected areas or the eastern Bering Sea. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-294, 109 p. (.pdf, 25.6 MB).  Online.

  • A handy field guide to the nearshore marine fishes of Alaska. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-293, 211 p. (.pdf, 32 MB).  Online

NOAA Releases New Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Abundance Estimate

  • Scientists have announced that the 2014 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 340 animals, a slight, but not scientifically significant increase over the 2012 survey, when the population was estimated at 312 whales. More>

Journal Article Provides Summary of Industrial Whaling Catches in 20th Century

  • A recently published journal article co-authored by NOAA Fisheries scientists provides the first global estimate of the number of whales killed by industrial whaling in the 20th century – an astounding 3 million whales. More>

Study of Sampling Efficiency of ROVs and AUVs in Untrawlable Fish Habitat

  • Scientists working with the Untrawlable Habitat Strategic Initiative conducted their first full-scale experiment testing the sampling efficiency of optical and acoustic technologies for assessing the abundance of fishes in untrawlable habitat. With video. More>

Steller Sea Lion Databases Updated

  • Counts from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory's databases of Steller sea lion pups, adults, and brands updated with 2014 data are available for download. More>

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>


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Last updated 31 March, 2015


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