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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>
 ACLIM Project
Researchers investigate far-reaching impacts of environmental changes in the Bering Sea. More>
NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Draft Environmental Assessment for Alaska Fisheries Science Center.
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>
Research Reports
Research program reports and activities for October through December 2015. 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

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>

AFSC 2016 Year in Review

  • Presenting the AFSC 2016 Year in Review Video and Interactive Infographic   More>

Important fish habitat formed by slow-growing corals may recover more slowly in a changing climate

  • New study also finds frequent injury has long-lasting negative impact   More>

Regional action plan: southeastern Bering Sea climate science

  • Preparing for a changing environment to protect marine resources, economies and an important food source   More>

Endangered Steller sea lions continue to decline in 2016 in the western Aleutians

  • Troubling declines persist but scientists gain new information with each survey   More>


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Last updated 26 April, 2017

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