Our Location Alaska has four large marine ecosystems, or ecosystem complexes, each with unique characteristics. The Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea are especially resource-rich and support some of the largest and most valuable commercial fisheries in the world, like Alaska pollock, red king crab, and sablefish. The Gulf of Alaska is shaped by deep-sea gullies, islands, and massive inlets that channel in fresh water and nutrients. The Bering Sea’s unique currents and the annual migration of sea ice from the Arctic provide the right conditions to allow fish like Alaska pollock—the largest sustainable fishery in the world—to flourish. Aleutian Islands marine life is diverse with many species that only exist along the island chain’s span of nearly 1,200 miles. The expansive Arctic Ocean is made up of the north Bering Sea along with the Chukchi and Beaufort seas where you can find marine mammals like bowhead and beluga whales, and bearded and ringed seals. What We Do We study Alaska’s marine life to ensure the sustainable use of living marine resources in federal waters. We monitor fish and marine mammal populations that have supported Alaska Native communities for centuries and provided food, income, and recreational enjoyment for millions of people around the world. Effectively studying fish and marine mammals also requires researching their habitats and the relationships between predators and prey. We study Alaska marine ecosystems. To obtain the best available information scientists use research ships to collect oceanographic and biological samples. We also use airplanes and unmanned aerial systems to collect data in remote areas. We work collaboratively with the fishing industry to collect information on how much fish is caught each year in commercial operations and recreationally. We then input collected data into sophisticated models to help predict future fish stock size. Fishery managers use our data to set sustainable catch limits and protect whales, seals, and sea lions in Alaska. Our Five Primary Divisions Auke Bay Laboratories Division The headquarters of Auke Bay Laboratories is the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. This division consists of four main programs which conduct scientific research throughout Alaska on commercially marketable species such as rockfish, sablefish, and salmon, and on all aspects of marine ecosystems such as ocean physics and chemistry essential to fish habitats, and the structure and functioning of marine food webs. Information products are provided to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the NMFS Alaska Regional Office, fishing industries, state and federal regulators, and international treaty bodies. Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division This division monitors groundfish fishing activities in the United States exclusive economic zone off Alaska. Associated research includes sampling commercial fishery catches, estimating catch and bycatch mortality, and analysis of fishery-dependent data. The division is responsible for training, briefing, debriefing, and overseeing observers who collect catch data onboard fishing vessels and at onshore processing plants, and for quality control/quality assurance of observer data. Marine Mammal Laboratory Division The laboratory conducts research on marine mammals, primarily off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Information is provided to various U.S. governmental and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management regimes for marine resources under NOAA's jurisdiction. Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division The division conducts fisheries surveys to measure the distribution and abundance of approximately 40 commercially important fish and crab stocks. Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division The division collects data to support management of Northeast Pacific and eastern Bering Sea fish and crab resources. Stock assessments are developed annually and used to set catch quotas. Division scientists also evaluate how fish stocks and user groups might be affected by fisheries management actions. There are also two offices that provide support and oversight for the Center: Additional Support Office of Management and Information Services Division This office supports the day-to-day administrative and business operations of the Center, including overseeing administrative services, budget formulation and execution, acquisition and grants management, workforce management, communications, safety and environmental compliance, and facilities operations. Office of Fisheries Information Systems This office provides technical support and development services for the Center’s IT enterprise. Planning Officer The officer is similar to a “Chief of Staff” responsible for program management and development of strategic initiatives, including participating as a member of the Senior Executive Team and overseeing the annual Science Planning and Implementation Processes. More Information NOAA Fisheries Alaska Contact Alaska Fisheries Science Center Auke Bay Laboratory Division Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division Marine Mammal Laboratory Division Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division Stay Connected @NOAAFisheriesAK NOAA Fisheries Alaska Sign Up for News Our Leadership Douglas P. DeMaster, Ph.D. Director Douglas DeMaster became Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in October 2001. Recognized as one of the leading experts on marine mammal stock assessment and marine mammal–fishery interactions, he has published 100 peer-reviewed publications on marine mammals and an additional 38 reports related to the population ecology of marine mammals. Doug also contributed to developing management strategies for marine mammals in the United States under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Jeremy D. Rusin Deputy Director Jeremy Rusin started as Deputy Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in June 2017. Since joining NOAA Fisheries in 2003, some of his notable achievements include being awarded Supervisor of the Year, receiving multiple Departmental awards, leading part of an agency-wide effort to enhance environmental stewardship of fisheries research activities, partnering with international research and developing a strategic vision for sustaining National Science Foundation’s Antarctic weather enterprise, and development. Management Team Directorate Office Ajith Abraham Division Director, Office of Fisheries Information Systems Director Auke Bay Laboratories Peter Hagen Deputy Director, Auke Bay Laboratory Facilities John Cooper , Program Manager Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Ed Farley , Program Manager Genetics Jeff Guyon , Program Manager Marine Ecology and Stock Assessment Jon Heifetz , Program Manager Recruitment Energetics and Coastal Assessment Ron Heintz , Program Manager Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Jennifer Ferdinand Division Director, Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division Lisa Thompson Deputy Director, Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division Information and Monitoring Technologies Julie Blair , Program Manager Observer Services Training Brian Mason , Program Manager Observer Services Debriefing Marlon Concepcion , Program Manager Marine Mammal Lab John Bengtson Division Director, Marine Mammal Laboratory Robyn Angliss Deputy Director, Marine Mammal Laboratory Polar Ecosystems Peter Boveng , Program Manager Cetacean Assessment & Ecology Phillip Clapham , Program Manager California Current Ecosystems Robert DeLong , Program Manager Alaska Ecosystems Thomas Gelatt , Program Manager Operations, Management and Information Services Lori Budbill Division Director, Office of Management and Information Services Division Communications Maggie Mooney-Seus , Program Manager Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Jeff Napp Division Director, Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division Michael Martin Deputy Director, Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division Administrative Support Dona Cocking , Program Manager Groundfish Assessment Program Stan Kotwicki , Program Manager Mid-Water Assessment and Conservation Christopher Wilson , Program Manager Recruitment Process Janet Duffy-Anderson , Program Manager Shellfish Assessment Robert Foy , Program Manager Fish Behavior Ecology, Newport Clifford Ryer , Program Manager Research Survey Support Barney Baker , Program Manager Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Ron Felthoven Division Director, Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Dan Ito Deputy Director, Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Age and Growth Thomas Helser , Program Manager Economic and Social Sciences Research Steve Kasperski , Program Manager Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling Kerim Aydin , Program Manager Status of the Stocks and Multispecies Assessment Anne Hollowed , Program Manager Other Locations Auke Bay Laboratory Auke Bay Laboratories are headquartered at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. This "green" facility, which includes 66,000 square feet of office space and 33,000 square feet of lab space, is located at Lena Point, north of Juneau, Alaska. Other facilities include: Auke Bay Marine Station – Auke Bay, Juneau AK, the Auke Creek Research Station – Auke Creek, Juneau, AK, Juneau Subport and Dock – downtown Juneau, AK, Little Port Walter Marine Station – on southern Baranof Island and Pribilof Island facilities – Bering Sea, AK.. About This Office Kodiak Laboratory The 25, 000 square foot Kodiak Laboratory is part of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center owned by the Kodiak Island Borough. The Center was designed with state-of-the-art seawater and necropsy labs and is home to a multi-agency marine research facility. Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering scientists for both Shellfish and Groundfish Assessment Programs conduct field and laboratory research on the abundance and distribution of marine invertebrate and fish populations, their life history, population dynamics, habitats, ecological interactions, and impacts of human activities such as bycatch, discard mortality, and habitat alteration. Scientists also provide information necessary to conserve, protect, and manage economically important Alaskan shellfish resources, including king, Tanner, and snow crabs, for the benefit of the nation. NOAA Fisheries W.F. Thompson Memorial Library (1800 sq ft) is housed here. About This Office The Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Fisheries Behavioral Ecology Program is located at the Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. The Hatfield Marine Science Center was created to serve the scientific needs of various organizations and government agencies and includes the Oregon State University building constructed in 1965 and the NOAA facilities which were completed in 1981. NOAA and Oregon State University staff at the Hatfield Center are currently located in two Federal government-owned buildings which are managed by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The Fisheries Behavioral Ecology Program conducts laboratory research on the behavioral responses of commercially important marine fishes to environmental factors that are critical to controlling distribution and survival from egg to adult. Research also focuses on defining the factors which affect postcapture survival and mortality of fish that are caught as bycatch. The experimental laboratories consist of more than 17,000 cubic feet of tank space housed in over 18,000 square feet of wet laboratory space supplied with 500 gallons per minute of high quality seawater, 200 gallons per minute of which can be chilled to 3° C. Species of current interest include walleye pollock, sablefish, and Pacific halibut.