Recruitment, Energetics, and Coastal Assessment Program
The Recruitment, Energetics, and Coastal Assessment Program conducts research throughout Alaska’s five marine ecosystems. Our studies include zooplankton to whales and intertidal to offshore habitats. We track energy flow through the marine food web and assess factors limiting abundance and survival of marine organisms. Our analytical products are used with survey data to assess the response of juvenile fish to changing environmental conditions and the effects on fish predators and commercial fish stocks. We contribute to an ecosystem-based understanding of factors affecting commercial fish populations, protected resources (e.g., humpback whales), and essential fish habitat for making well informed, resource management decisions supporting sustainable fisheries and mariculture.