Alaska Fisheries Science Center

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) supports fisheries and marine mammal research in the coastal and offshore waters of Alaska. The Center focuses on fishery resources off Alaska that support some of the most important commercial fisheries in the world, in addition to research on climate change and habitat.

Center staff produce scientific data and technical advice for the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, U.S.

representatives participating in international fishing negotiations, and the fishing industry and its constituents. The AFSC has research facilities in Alaska (Auke Bay and Kodiak Island), Washington (Seattle), and Oregon (Newport).

The major shipboard platforms supporting the AFSC include the NOAA Ships Miller Freeman, John N. Cobb, and the new NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson (beginning Fall 2004), as well as chartered vessels from the fishing industry. The Center has numerous ongoing relationships with external cooperators, including state and other Federal agencies, academic institutions, the fishing industry, and resource conservation organizations.