Research Brief: 2023 EcoFOCI Juvenile Groundfish and Forage Fish Survey
Scientists from the Recruitment Processes Program at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center are conducting this research.
What is the research objective?
The objectives of this project are: one, to conduct a survey to extend a time series of abundance of the juvenile stage of commercially-important fish species, including walleye pollock, and other forage fish species in the western Gulf of Alaska. Second, to collect zooplankton (prey of those fishes), and to measure other environmental variables that influence the survival of those fishes. Observations support research on recruitment processes and contribute to our understanding of how young fish and their prey respond to changes in climate.