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Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries - Alaska

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Exploring Alaska's fishing communities

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) has developed an interactive set of maps that will allow you to explore fisheries participation by communities around the state of Alaska. By clicking on the links below, you will be able to view maps showing commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries participation by community. You will also be able to download the community profile we have written for 195 fishing dependent communities.

*NEW* Community Snapshots

Also available is a set of community snapshots, which take the pulse of Alaskan fishing communities using information about their fishing involvement and demographic characteristics. Yearly information is presented in each snapshot on commercial and recreational fishery harvest and processing sectors to help show how community involvement in each fishery has changed over time. Community participation in subsistence is also included. Demographic information on social and economic aspects of the community is reviewed using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Updating the Community Profiles

In 2005, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) compiled baseline socioeconomic information about 136 Alaska communities most involved in commercial fisheries. In 2010 and 2011, AFSC went through the process of evaluating the community profiles and determining how to update them. A NOAA Technical Memorandum finalized in October 2011 documents the process we are undertaking to update the Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries – Alaska (NOAA-TM-AFSC-230). In addition, the communities to be included in the updated document were reevaluated to ensure that communities with significant reliance on commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing are included. A total of 196 communities have been profiled. The new profiles add a significant amount of new information to help provide a better understanding of each community’s reliance on fishing. Introductory materials cover purpose, methods, and an overview of the profiled communities in the larger context of the state of Alaska and North Pacific fisheries. The community profiles comprise additional information including, but not limited to, annual population fluctuation, fisheries-related infrastructure, community finances, natural resources, educational opportunities, fisheries revenue, shore-based processing plant narratives, landings and permits by species, and subsistence and recreational fishing participation, as well as information collected from communities in the Alaska Community Survey, which was implemented during summer 2011, and the Processor Profiles Survey, which was implemented in Fall 2011.

The updated community profiles have published as NOAA Technical Memorandum For more information or to comment on this project, please contact

Community Profiles

Introduction, Methods, and State Overview (1.2 MB)

Regional Profiles

Individual Profiles

The original 2005 version of the profiles report can be downloaded as a complete document (17.6 MB) from

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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