To sustainably manage our valuable commercial fisheries, we need to understand the role of jellyfish in Alaskan ecosystems. Our scientists are conducting research on the scale and impact of jellyfish predation, competition, and ecosystem-structuring.
We have been monitoring jellyfish populations during our ecosystem surveys, which started in the eastern Bering Sea in 2004; the Chukchi Sea in 2007; and the Gulf of Alaska since 2012. Along with catch per unit effort from our surveys, we collect individual specimens to conduct diet and digestion information for the most dominant species.
- The Jellyfish Monitoring Program at Auke Bay Laboratories
- Spatial and Temporal Trends in the Abundance and Distribution of Jellyfish in the Eastern Bering Sea During Late Summer, 2002-2016
- Alaska Physical and Oceanographic Research