Using a variety of updated data and models each year we produce an Ecosystem Status Report for the eastern Bering Sea. We monitor physical, ecological and socio-economic indicators to assess current ecosystem conditions and provide a prognosis of possible future effects of climate and fishing on ecosystem structure and function.
Ecosystem status reports are also developed for the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Arctic. The goals of these reports are to provide stronger links between ecosystem research and fisheries management and to spur new understanding of the connections between ecosystem components by including the results of diverse research.
For more than 20 years, stock assessment scientists have relied on these reports to help them better understand the potential influence of environmental and human factors on current and future groundfish stock abundance.
The 2018 Bering Sea Ecosystem Status Report Brief is now available online. This is the first year that we produced a 'brief" to provide a summary of current conditions in the Bering Sea and a preview of what conditions may look like in 2019.