About Us

Auke Bay Laboratories

A Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center

What We Do

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratory studies commercially important fish species such as rockfish, sablefish, and salmon. Researchers seek to find out where fish live during each stage of life and pinpoint what makes them unique, down to their DNA.  Our scientists also examine marine ecosystems that are essential fish habitats, focusing on ocean processes and chemistry, and food web interactions that impact fish survival.

The Lab’s  goal is to estimate how many fish are in Alaska’s waters through stock assessments and to learn the overall health of fish species, the habitats they utilize and the ecosystem they depend on. We do this through research surveys and by updating mathematical models to gain the best information about Alaska’s commercial fish. The data biologists collect is given to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Alaska Regional Office, fishing industries, state and federal regulators, and international groups. These groups make decisions on how much fish can be sustainably caught.

Marine Ecology and Stock Assessment

The Marine Ecology and Stock Assessment Program support the NOAA Fisheries mission by conducting annual stock assessments, managing dedicated surveys to support those stock assessments, and performing ecological research process studies that advance our ability to reach the goal of ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Recruitment, Energetics, & Coastal Assessment

The Recruitment Energetics and Coastal Assessment Program is focused on understanding the processes regulating recruitment (fish reach reproductive age) of forage fish and commercially valuable species.

Ecosystem Monitoring & Assessment

The Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program’s overall goal is to improve and reduce uncertainty in stock assessment models of commercially important fish species through the collection of observations of fish and oceanography.


The Genetics Program provides data on where fish come from, which is required in regional, national, and international agreements and treaties on the management of marine resources including Pacific salmon, groundfish, and forage fish species.

Our Leadership

Peter Hagen

Deputy Director, Auke Bay Laboratory

Pete Hagen has been serving as Acting Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories since the retirement of Dr. Phil Mundy in December, 2017. Pete worked in the processing industry, as a commercial fisherman, as well as, a private consultant before working for state, federal and international fisheries agencies. After completing his PhD in Fisheries he was hired by the State of Alaska and in 2002 began working for the NOAA Alaska regional office. Pete joined ABL in 2013.

Ellen Martinson Yasumiishi

Acting Deputy Director, Auke Bay Laboratories

Ellen Yasumiishi is serving as Acting Deputy Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories. Ellen joined NOAA Fisheries in 1995. Ellen enjoys working on climate science, developing ecosystem indicators for groundfish recruitment, and reporting on the conditions of Alaska marine ecosystems. Ellen earned a B.S. in Biology from University of Alaska Southeast, M.S. in Fisheries Resources at the University of Idaho, and Ph. D. in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Our scientists use a varitey of innovative technologies as they collect data and information to better understand the science behind healthy ecosystems and marine life.