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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>
2014 EBS Crab Report
This report of the Eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey includes the time series results from 1975 up to, and including, the 2014 survey data. The purpose of this survey is to collect data on the distribution and abundance of crab, groundfish, and other benthic resources in the EBS. 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
"" 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

Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for Aleutian Islands Fisheries

Alaska's Kachemak Bay Selected as Habitat Initiative Focus Area

  • NOAA has selected Kachemak Bay as a Habitat Focus Area under NOAA's Habitat Blueprint. This selection signals NOAA's commitment to strengthening existing partnerships and forging new relationships to focus collaboratively on better understanding, protecting, and restoring habitat for the benefit of our living marine resources and coastal communities. More>

NOAA Report Finds 2013 U.S. Seafood Landings and Value Increased From 2012

  • In its 2013 annual report, Fisheries of the United States 2013, released 29 October 2014, NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Valued at $5.5 billion, these landings represent an increase of $388 million from 2012. More>

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

  • Results of the 2014 eastern Bering Sea 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>


This is an official United States Government web site produced by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 24 November, 2014


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