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Use interactive maps to explore participation in commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries by communities around the state of Alaska.

Community snapshots take the pulse of Alaskan fishing communities using information about their fishing involvement and demographic characteristics.

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Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries

In 2005, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) compiled baseline socioeconomic information about 136 Alaska communities most involved in commercial fisheries to produce the first version of the Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries - Alaska.

In 2010 and 2011, AFSC went through the process of evaluating the Community Profiles and determining how to update them. A NOAA Technical Memorandum, Improving Community Profiles for the North Pacific Fisheries, documents our process for updating the Community Profiles, including modifying the community selection methodology to ensure that communities with significant reliance on commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing were included.

A total of 196 communities have been profiled. The updated profiles add new information to better contextualize communities' reliance on fishing. Introductory materials discuss purpose and methods, and provide an overview of the profiled communities in the larger context of the state of Alaska and North Pacific fisheries. Community profiles provide additional information on:

  • annual population fluctuation
  • fisheries-related infrastructure
  • community finances
  • natural resources
  • educational opportunities
  • fisheries revenue
  • shore-based processing plant narratives
  • landings and permits by species
  • subsistence and recreational fishing participation
  • information collected from communities in the Alaska Community Survey and the Processor Profiles Survey

The updated community profiles have been published as NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-AFSC-259 (12 volumes) and can be downloaded using the links below. The 2005 version of the profiles report is available as a single document (17.6 MB). All PDF files on this site can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader software or free tools for the visually disabled.

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Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries - Alaska

Select Profiles by Community

Select Profiles by Region

+ Aleutian and Pribilof Islands

+ Anchorage/Matanuska-Sustina

+ Bristol Bay and the Alaska Peninsula

+ Interior Alaska

+ Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet

+ Kodiak Island Archipelago

+ Kuskokwim River Mouth

+ Northern Alaska

+ Norton Sound and Bering Strait

+ Prince William Sound

+ Southeast Alaska

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