About Us

Auke Bay Laboratory

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. Our researchers are on the grounds, constantly performing surveys and 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 NMFS 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 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 research information 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

Phil Mundy

Division Director, Auke Bay Laboratory

Phil Mundy has been the director of the ABL division since 2005. As director, he’s promoted programs that support an ecosystem approach to fisheries management. He previously served as science director for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council in Anchorage and helped launch the North Pacific Research Board. Phil has also been an adviser to the Pacific Salmon Commission, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S representative on the Arctic Expert Group.

Peter Hagen

Deputy Director, Auke Bay Laboratory

Pete Hagen oversees the operation and management programs at ABL. His background in the fishing industry coupled with his academic research experience gives him a unique perspective on fisheries management. Pete has worked within 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 NMFS Alaska regional office. Pete joined ABL in 2013.


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.