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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 News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
Dispatches from the Field
Latest research blogs provide insights on what NOAA Fisheries scientists are doing. More>
""  Field Blog: Crab Growth Study
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NOAA scientists Vanessa White, Dan Urban and Pamela Jensen report from Dutch Harbor, Alaska. More>
""  Field Blog: Ice-associated Seals
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NOAA scientists Michael Cameron, Josh London, Shawn Dahle and Heather Ziel report from the Bering Sea. More>
Scientific Experts Meeting
The Fourth Meeting of Scientific Experts of Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean will be held Sept. 26-28, 2016 in Tromsø, Norway. More>
Research Reports
Research program reports and activities for October through December 2015. More>
AFSC Historical Corner
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The history of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center dates back to 1867. Check out the historical timelines, photographs, research vessels, facilities, testimonies, and more>
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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.
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Quick Links

Four NOAA Fisheries Surveys Planned for Summer to Collect Data Crucial to Sustainable Alaska Fisheries

  • Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center will embark from Dutch Harbor May 28 on another busy survey season, off Alaska's coast, collecting data needed for fisheries managers to determine sustainable fishery harvest levels. More>

Where do Alaska Fish Go?

  • The Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the McDowell Group and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission have produced a new publication examining how federally managed groundfish and crab stocks caught in Alaskan waters end up on dinner plates around the world. More>

2016: First Outlook for Yukon Chinook Salmon Run Timing on Lower Yukon River

  • Forcasters predict that the earliest scenario would see increasing numbers of Chinook salmon entering the lower river during the last week in May, with the first significant jump in abundance around the end of the first week in June. More>

A Low-tech Mini-camera (MiniCam) May be an Efficient Way to Identify Fishes During Research Surveys

  • NOAA Fisheries scientists conduct acoustic-trawl surveys to estimate the distribution and abundance of commercially important species like pollock in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Resource managers use this information to set annual catch limits for the fishing industry. More>

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in Action: Age Data are Important for Sustainable Fisheries

  • A tiny calcium carbonate stone called an otolith in a fish’s ear contain valuable information that helps determine its age. More>

A Fish's Stomach Provides a Window into the Ocean's Ecosystems

  • Biological data provide important information about a fish's life history. What a fish eats can tell scientists about the health of a fish population and about the ecosystem they live in. More>

Bilateral Effort Underway to Assess Populations of Arctic Seals and Polar Bears

  • American and Russian government scientists are using infrared cameras that detect warm-bodied animals, coupled with high-resolution cameras to locate and identify seals on pack ice in the high Arctic. More>

Field Reports: Snow and Tanner Crab Growth Study in Dutch Harbor, AK

  • During early April, scientists collected Tanner and snow crab in the eastern Bering Sea which are now being regularly monitored in tanks at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. More>

Field Reports: Ice-associated Seal Ecology Research Survey in the Bering Sea

  • AFSC Scientists are in the central Bering Sea conducting ecology research surveys on ice-associated seals. More>

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in Action: How Biological Surveys Support Sustainable Alaskan Fisheries

  • You don’t have to sample a lot of area to get good science! Small samples over very large areas produce good science. More>

Sentinels of Change: Gray Whales in the Arctic

  • The Arctic is an area of the world that is quickly changing. Aerial surveys over the Chukchi Sea are providing valuable information about where gray whales are, where they are bottom-feeding, and how they behave. More>


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Last updated 23 May, 2016

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