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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
Summer 2015 Science Blog
Dispatches from the AFSC's Yukon River Chinook salmon field investigations. More>
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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

AFSC Research Reports and Activities for Spring 2015

  • Recent research reports for April-June 2015 from the AFSC Resource Ecology and Ecoystem Modeling Program, Economics and Social Sciences Research Program, Age and Growth Program, Status of Stock and Multispecies Assement Program, and International Affairs, Auke Bay Laboratories, and Fisheries Management and Analysis. More>

2015 Arctic Whale Ecology Study (ARCWEST) and Chukchi Study Reports

  • Arctic Whale Ecology Study: use of the Chukchi Sea by endangered baleen and other whales, report for second quarter of 2015. More>
  • Arctic Whale Ecology Study/Chukchi Acoustics, Oceanography, and Zooplankton Study-extension 2015 Cruise plan. More>
  • Chukchi Acoustic, Oceanography and Zooplankton Extension Study report for second quarter of 2015. More>

Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean

  • Norway, Russia, the United States, Canada, and Denmark convened the third scientific meeting on Arctic fish stocks to identify ongoing Arctic research and monitoring activities and to continue the process of developing the scientific information necessary to support the development of an international agreement on fishing in the Arctic in areas outside the territorial waters of the five Arctic coastal states. More>

AFSC Scientists Report on Climate Mediated Changes in Pacific Salmon Diets

  • Scientsts at the AFSC's Auke Bay Lab report on the biological and environmental variables influencing salmon diets in the Bering Sea, providing insight into the adaptability and vulnerability of salmon to changes in climate conditions. More>

Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals

  • The Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals documents the distribution and relative abundance of marine mammals in areas of potential oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production activities in the Alaskan Beaufort and northeastern Chukchi Seas. More>

Seeking Salmon - The Latest Yukon River Journey Update

  • The most recent research is based in the village of Emmonak, which is located close to where the South Mouth of the Yukon River empties into the sea. More>

What Was Learned During the 2014 Eastern Bering Sea Survey

  • The seafloor in the eastern Bering Sea (EBS) descends into the abyss several hundred miles from shore. AFSC Research Biologist Chris Rooper answers questions about last year's EBS survey conducted in and around various canyons located along the continental slope. More>

Atka Mackerel Tag Recovery Cruise Report, April-May 2015

  • The goal of this on-going tag release-recovery study is to determine the efficacy of tral exclusion zones as a management tool to protect critical habitat in the Aleutian Islands. More>


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Last updated 22 July, 2015


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