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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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species spotlight
Survive to Thrive
As we begin the fifth decade of administering the Endagered Species Act, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring we do not lose any species on our watch. More>
AFSC News & Information
For more information about NOAA Fisheries science in Alaska please contact: Marjorie Mooney-Seus or for regulatory news Julie Speegle
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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>
Other Cool Stuff
Interactive Mapping Tools, 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

Maps from the 1930s Help Find Potential Fish Habitat in the Digital Age

  • More on AFSC scientists work with smooth sheets and translating old one-dimensional data into three-dimensional digitized layers of data for improving our understanding of essential fish habitat. More>

NOAA Seeks Public Input on Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

  • What will it take to recover Alaska's iconic Cook Inlet beluga whales from extinction? NOAA Fisheries has a draft plan to do just that, and is seeking public comment. More>

Implications of Less Sea Ice on Fish Production in the Waters off Alaska 

  • If climate change results in sustained warmer water temperatures and a loss of sea ice, how will this affect the marine food web? More>

New Studies of Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Marine Species

  • AFSC scientists released the findings of two research projects that shed light on how climate change may affect some Arctic marine species. More>

Yukon River Chinook Salmon Returns Show Pronounced Differences

  • The information from this radio-tagging study of Yukon River Chinook salmon provides new insight into the current status and management of salmon return. More>

Stable Isoptope Models Predict Northern Fur Seal Foraging Habitat

  • A novel approach to quantifying both diet and habitat use for a wide range of species is to measure stable isotope ratios of nitrogen and carbon in different tissues. More>

Passive Acoustic Monitoring to Study Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

  • After 2 years of continuous testing and mooring design improvement, the Cook Inlet beluga acoustics program has successfully collected high-quality, year-round acoustic data throughout the extremely challenging conditions of the Cook Inlet environment. More>

Aleutian Harbor Seal Satellite Telemetry Study Update

  • Research conducted by a team of scientists from NOAA, the National Park Service, and the Marine Mammal Center to collect baseline data on the health and behavior of satellite-tagged harbor seals in the Aleutian Islands has been updated for April 2015. 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>


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 20 May, 2015


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