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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>
FY 2015 EFH Funding
Funding for essential fish habitat research and ocean acidification (update) for FY 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

AFSC Longline Survey Catch and Abundance Data Mapping Tool

  • Summaries of longline survey catch and abundance data are available via a new tool which leads directly to interactive maps and data query pages that aid in choosing stations and management areas for data queries. Check it out!

New Norton Sound Bathymetry Data Available Online

  • As a continuation of work in Alaskan waters, scientists with the AFSC’s Groundfish Assessment Program have published smooth sheet bathymetry for Norton Sound, Alaska. This work is part of a project using smooth sheets to provide better seafloor information for fisheries research. More>

U.S. Fisheries: Overfishing and Overfished Numbers at All-time Lows

  • The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status, according to the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report to Congress. More>

New NOAA Technical Memorandums Available 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

  • 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.

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>

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>

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>


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 16 April, 2015


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