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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
Field Reports
Dispatches from our recent field investigations with current postings from the Southeastern Bering Sea Cruise. 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

NOAA Issues Regulations to Protect Marine Mammals in Navy's NW Training and Testing Study Area

  • NOAA Fisheries has issued regulations and letters of authorization to the U.S. Navy requiring they use measures to minimize impacts to marine mammals while conducting training and testing activities in Navy ranges in state waters off Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and northern California. More> 

Scientists Produce Most Comprehensive List of Fish Species in the Salish Sea

  • Never heard of the Salish Sea? NOAA Fisheries scientist James Orr and the University of Washington's Theodore Pietsch have compiled the most comprehensive list to date of the Salish Sea's fish species. More> 

New Law Empowers U.S. To Combat Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

  • New law implements international agreements restricting port access for vessels involved with illegal fishing, promotes sustainable management of eastern Pacific fishery. More>

The Coral Gardens of the Aleutian Islands Hold A Treasure Trove of Species

  • Some 137 coral and 150 sponge species have been discovered in the Aleutian Islands underwater gardens, 85 or more of them found nowhere else in the world. More>

Alternative Sample Designs for the Deployment of Observers in Alaska

  • NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-AFSC-307: An Initial Analysis of Alternative Sample Designs for the Deployment of Observers in Alaska. More>

New Studies of Juvenile Chinook Salmon in Warm and Cold Year Environments

  • Recent sharp declines in Chinook salmon returns to western Alaska rivers have sparked new studies of the spatial distribution of juveniles in the Northern Bering Sea during warm and cold years. More>

Harbor Seal Survey Throughout Alaska a Success

  • Extensive aerial surveys for harbor seals were conducted throughout much of the species’ range in Alaska during August and September 2015, with remarkably favorable weather allowing biologists to complete the first comprehensive survey of all Alaskan tidewater glacial fjords where seals occur. More>

Alaska Ecosystems Field Work Conducted on Bogoslof Island

  • During summer 2015, NOAA Fisheries scientists conducted two research missions at Bogoslof Island to assess the health of the Steller sea lion and northern fur seal populations aggregated on the island for the pupping and breeding season. More>

Harbor Seal Research Conducted in the Aleutain Islands

  • The goal of this project was to collect baseline information on harbor seal health, behaviors, and genetics in the eastern and central Aleutian Islands to increase our understanding of this population’s status, ecology, and structure. More>


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. 

Last updated 12 November, 2015


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