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Groundfish Assessment Program

Research

Photo of a trawl net in the water
Photo of a basket of fish and invertebrates

The AFSC Groundfish Assessment Program (GAP), in addition to regularly conducting bottom trawl surveys, also investigates biological processes and interactions with the environment to estimate growth, mortality, and recruitment to improve the precision and accuracy of forecasting stock dynamics.
Impacts of bottom trawls on the seafloor and the description of bottom type are also being studied in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.





  • Alaska Bathymetry, Sediments, and Smooth Sheets Go there >>
  • Validating and improving species distribution models for structure forming invertebrates using an independent survey in the eastern Bering Sea. Go there >>
  • Is the survey selectivity curve for Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) dome-shaped? Direct evidence from trawl studies. Go there >>


  • Recent Poster Presentations, Publications, Reports & Activities

    • KOTWICKI, S., P. H. RESSLER, J. N. IANELLI, A. E. PUNT, and J. K. HORNE. 2018. Combining data from bottom-trawl and acoustic-trawl surveys to estimate an index of abundance for semipelagic species. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 75:60-71. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0362   Online.
       
    • CONRATH, C. L., and N. B. SISSON. 2018. Delayed discard mortality of the giant Pacific octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini, in the Gulf of Alaska cod pot fishery. Fish. Res. 197:10-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.10.003   Online.
       
    • KOTWICKI, S., R. R. LAUTH, K. WILLIAMS, and S. E. GOODMAN. 2017. Selectivity ratio: A useful tool for comparing size selectivity of multiple survey gears. Fish. Res. 191:76-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.02.012   Online.
       
    • THORSON, J. T., J. N. IANELLI, and S. KOTWICKI. 2017. The relative influence of temperature and size-structure on fish distribution shifts: A case-study on walleye pollock in the Bering Sea. Fish Fish. 18:1073-1084. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12225   Online.
       
    • Using Triggered Cameras to Determine Fish Behavior in Rocky, Untrawlable Areas
      By:  KRESIMIR WILLIAMS, CHRIS ROOPER, MIKE LEVINE, ALEX De ROBERTIS
      Conference:  Western Groundfish Conference (19th), Newport, OR, Feb 2016
      (2016 poster, .pdf, 468 KB)   Online.

       
    • Introducing the Working Group on Maturity Assessment and Reproductive Variability of Life Stages
      By:  SUSANNE McDERMOTT, SANDI NEIDETCHER, CHRISTINA CONRATH, PAUL SPENCER
      Conference:  Western Groundfish Conference (19th), Newport, OR, Feb 2016
      (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.85 MB)   Online.

       

    See the poster and publications databases for additional listings.

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