Members of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's, Status of Stocks and Multispecies Assessment program are responsible for determining the current status of fishery resources in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (i.e., the ocean waters extending 3 miles to 200 miles around the U.S.) and using data collected by other Center scientists to provide scientific advice to guide management actions for those resources.
The research focuses on updating information on population trends (i.e., whether populations are increasing or declining over time), estimating "biological yields," or the amounts that can be safely removed through fishing activity without comprising stock health and providing recommendations for resource managers on sustainable catch limits.
A planktonic organism called a sea butterfly. This one is covered with some gelatinous organisms.
Harmony Wayner, Betty Bonin and Rhonda Wayner represent 3 generations of fisherwomen in Naknek.
Kitty Sopow presents a seagull egg she gathered.