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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: Cook Inlet
acoustic monitoring
Cook Inlet beluga whale acoustic survey

""  Field Blog: Cook Inlet
beluga whales
Cook Inlet beluga whales

""  Field Blog: North Pacific
right whale
North Pacific right whale field study

""  Field Blog: Northern Fur Seal
Fur Seal

""  Field Blog: Aerial Surveys of
Arctic Marine Mammals
Bowhead whale amid sea ice

NOAA Fisheries collaborates to expand survey coverage in the eastern Bering Sea. More>

View the most current eastern and northern Bering Sea shelf bottom trawl survey map.

 ACLIM Project
Researchers investigate far-reaching impacts of environmental changes in 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>

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>

Other Cool Stuff
"" Interactive Mapping Tools
"" Multimedia Gallery
"" AFSC Education & Outreach
"" Marine Mammal Education Web
"" Groundfish Survey Data
"" Marine Mammal Image Gallery
"" Fish Ageing Demo
"" Glacial Ice Photos
"" Rockfish Game
"" Fish & Invertebrate Photos

AFSC Divisions
"" Auke Bay Labs
"" Fisheries Monitoring & Analysis
"" Marine Mammal Lab
"" Resource Assessment &
  Conservation Engineering
"" Resource Ecology & Fisheries

General Info
Information about the AFSC mission, administration, directory, activities, facilities, directory, jobs, news, social media policy, links

Information on species of fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, seabirds

Citations database, tech memos, stock assessments, journal articles, research reports

Data & Tools
Survey, catch, age and growth,
life history, telemetry, interactive maps, spatial data, software.

Quick Links

Workshop on Fishing Families in Alaska’s Fisheries

  • The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is hosting a workshop to discuss the interactions of fishing families and changing regulations, environments, and socioeconomic conditions in Alaska's fisheries and fishing communities.  More>

Stellar Progress on Steller Watch

  • Eight thousand volunteers from 70 Countries pitch in to help NOAA Fisheries learn more about the endangered Steller sea lion.  More>

California Sea Lion Population Rebounded to New Highs

  • Sea lion numbers reflect conditions in California Current through the decades.  More>

Octopus Survivors

  • A new study finds that Octopus are survivors - and could mean fisheries stay open longer.  More>

Bering Sea blues

  • The Bering Sea has been changing colors in recent decades. What does it mean for the ecosystem?   More>

Thousands of people help scientists with research on endangered Steller sea lion

  • Steller Watch project a huge success but still more work to be done!   More>

NOAA discovery of green deep-sea sponge shows promise for cancer research

  • Small, deep-water Alaska sponge has molecules that selectively target and kill pancreatic tumor cells   More>

Young pollock survival better than expected during most recent Bering Sea warm phase

  • Could be good news for pollock fishery   More>

New information on how long some rockfish live and how often they spawn will help ensure healthy populations

  • NOAA researchers have documented for the first time the age of maturity and the ability to skip spawning for three deepwater Alaska rockfish species.   More>

Sea lions remember prey hot spots to maximize hunting efficiency

  • A new study finds that Steller sea lions depend on memory of reliable prey “hot spots” to predict where to find food   More>

Research findings lead to more optimistic picture of sablefish population health and increased economic opportunity for fishing industry

  • Long-term data collection effort yields greater understanding of sablefish population size in North Pacific   More>

First observations of fine-scale juvenile sablefish movements in the wild reveal behavioral patterns that may influence survival

  • Researchers obtain new information on sablefish behavior and how environmental changes may affect them   More>

Visualizing distributions of 22 fish species by size over 34 years of climate variability in the Bering Sea

  • A new study examines how fish populations changed over 34 past years of varying climate conditions   More>

Exploring automation to save time and money while monitoring an endangered species

  • Scientists from different disciplines collaborate to create efficiencies and potentially advance Steller sea lion research   More>

Crowdsourcing science to obtain new information about endangered Steller sea lions

  • For the first time, Center scientists are using an innovative research method to save time and money and engage the public   More>

Scientists share their latest research on the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and the Arctic

  • Couldn't make it to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium? Researchers will present the work they shared at the conference, March 1 - 2 in Seattle   More>

Where the whales are

  • Finding out where whales live and how many are actually out there, are key to rebuilding their populations   More>

What you need to know about the critically endangered whale you’ve never heard of

  • The world's rarest whale is on the brink of extinction but scientists haven't given up hope for a recovery   More>


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Last updated 19 January, 2018

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