Four NOAA Fisheries Surveys Planned for Summer to Collect Data
Crucial to Sustainable Alaska Fisheries
Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center will embark from Dutch Harbor May 28 on another busy survey season, off Alaska's coast, collecting data needed for fisheries managers to determine sustainable fishery harvest levels.
Groundfish and crab surveys are conducted annually in the eastern Bering Sea continental shelf (May-July) and biennially in the eastern Bering Sea upper continental slope (May-August) and Aleutian Islands (June-August). The midwater survey focuses primarily on walleye pollock and is conducted biennially on the eastern Bering Sea shelf and typically extends into Russian waters (June-August).