The Kodiak Laboratory resides in the
Kodiak Fisheries Research
Center owned by the Kodiak Island Borough. The Kodiak
Laboratory within KFRC consolidates NOAA Fisheries and management programs in Kodiak and makes them more accessible
to the fishing industry and the public.
The Kodiak Laboratory consists of Alaska
Fisheries Science Center
(AFSC) RACE Shellfish Assessment Program and
Groundfish Assessment Program. Scientists
for both Shellfish and Groundfish Assessment Programs conduct field and laboratory research on the abundance
and distribution of marine invertebrate and fish populations, their life history, population dynamics, habitats,
ecological interactions, and impacts of human activities such as bycatch, discard mortality, and habitat
alteration. In addition, scientists at the Kodiak Lab provide information necessary to conserve, protect, and
manage economically important Alaskan shellfish resources, including king, Tanner, and snow crabs, for the
benefit of the nation.
The AFSC's Kodiak field office of the Fisheries
Monitoring and Analysis Program (FMA), the Alaska
Regional Office of the Sustainable Fisheries Division and port samplers from the
Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) occupy space within Kodiak
The Kodiak Lab meets the needs for a base of operations for field research, expanding management and observer
coordination in groundfish fisheries and timely cooperation with
Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) on shellfish
surveys and fishery management decision-making.
The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center (KFRC) was designed to provide a multi-agency marine research facility
that would foster marine fishery research as well as serve as a resource for providing educational opportunities
to the Kodiak community.
The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is on approximately seven acres in close proximity to the
Fisheries Industrial Technology
Center and Alaska Department of Fish & Game on Near Island. There are approximately 12,000 - 15,000 of
people who visit the facility annually.
The 25,000 square foot facility consists of three buildings:
- A pump house
- Housing for visiting researchers and students
- The main building
The main building has:
The main buiding houses an extensive museum collection containing the most common species of crabs, shrimps,
marine snails, bivalves, and a variety of fishes.
The NOAA Fisheries W.F. Thompson Memorial Library (1800 sq ft) maintains about
6,500 bound volumes, 75 current periodicals, and 2,600 goverment documents on marine biology and fisheries.
See our list of
regional links for information about Kodiak
Lab affiliations and information.
To read about the Kodiak Lab history,
301 Research Court
Kodiak, AK 99615
Road Directions to the Kodiak Laboratory from the Airport:
- When you meet the main road, leaving the airport, turn right.
- In Kodiak, go through the first light. At the Y, follow the right
branch (Rezanof Drive East) up the hill.
- At the bridge, take a right and cross the bridge to Near Island.
- Once across the bridge, take your first left onto Trident Way, and continue
past the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center (on your left). The next left
will be the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center at 301 Research Court.
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