Research Institutes in the US


The Alaska Fisheries Science Center is the research branch of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service responsible for research on living marine

esources in the coastal oceans off Alaska and off parts of the west coast of the United States. This region of nearly 3 million square miles includes the North Pacific Ocean and the eastern Bering Sea which support some of the most important commercial fisheries in the world. These waters are also home to the largest marine mammal populations in the Nation.

The mission of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center is to plan, develop, and manage scientific research programs which generate the best scientific data available for understanding, managing, and conserving the region's living marine resources and the environmental quality essential for their existence. The AFSC staff consists of roughly 400 men and women trained in the physical and biological sciences. Here a young geneticist holds up a large Pacific cod during a Pacific cod pot cruise. With a staff of approximately 400 men and women trained in the biological and physical sciences and other disciplines, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center conducts field and laboratory research to help conserve and manage the region's living marine resources.

Center scientists compile and analyze broad databases on fishery, oceanography, marine mammal, and environmental research. These data are used to develop policies and strategies for fisheries management within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, monitor the health of the region's marine mammal populations, and assess the impacts of chemical contaminants and physical alterations on select organisms and marine habitats.


The Northwest Fisheries Science Center studies living marine resources (e.g., salmon, groundfish, and killer whales) and their habitats in the Northeast Pacific Ocean-primarily off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and in freshwater rivers and streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Center seeks to better understand living marine resources and their ecosystems to assist resource managers in making sound decisions that build sustainable fisheries, recover endangered and threatened species, and sustain healthy coasts.

The Center's headquarters in Seattle, WA and its five research stations in Washington and Oregon are home to more than 300 scientists and staff. Center scientists and staff conduct research in 5 primary areas: (1)Status of Stocks - stock assessments monitor the state or health of a fish stock.(2) Human Caused Stress/Risks Humans. (3) Ecosystem & Climate Characteristics (4) Recovery & Rebuilding Species. (5) Innovation & Technology.

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