Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center

The PCCRC was established in February 2000 to improve knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea through research and education, focusing on the commercial fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

The Center provides: (1) grants to faculty and research stipends to graduate students for research on pollock, other groundfish species, the fisheries for these species, and on marine mammals; (2) funding for marine education, technical training, and equipment; and (3) funding for research in the area of marine resource economics.

Through the end of 2014, the PCCRC has put over $14 million into marine research and education at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and is the largest single contributor to marine research at the University of Alaska.

PCCRC News

PCCRC Announces Availability of Funds for 2015

Pollock fleet donations top $10 million in 10 years

PCCRC awards $500,000 to marine, fisheries scientists

Fisheries center funds $300,000 in new research projects

UAF names Keith Criddle to Stevens Professorship

Pollock fleet provides record funding

The PCCRC Advisory Board

  • Dr. Keith Criddle, SFOS
  • Dr. Susan Henrichs, UAF provost
  • Dr. Daniel White, UAF Vice Chancellor, Research
  • Dr. Jim Balsiger, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region 
  • Jan Jacobs, American Seafoods Group 
  • Stephanie Madsen, At-sea Processors Association
  • Dave Benson, Trident Seafoods
  • Heather McCarty, secretary

Research Fellows

The PCCRC awards annual graduate student fellowships to current or prospective UAF graduate students whose research aligns with PCCRC research priorities (see annual Research RFP). The fellowship includes a graduate stipend, tuition/fees, health insurance, and $2,000 that can be applied to research/travel expenses. Awards are renewable pending successful annual progress: M.S. students may receive a maximum of 2 years of support; Ph.D. students may receive a maximum of 3 years of support.

Research Fellows

Elizabeth Figus, PHD Fish Candidate (2015-2016)

Julie Nielsen Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2013‑2015)

James Strong Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2013‑2014)

Tadayasu Uchiyama Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2012‑2013)

Adam Zaleski (2012-2013)

Sara Miller (2009-2010)

Kray Van Kirk (2009-2010)

PCCRC Research Projects

2014 - Ecological interactions among groundfish predators in the Gulf of Alaska

2014 - Freshness and nutritional value of Alaska pollock products and byproducts

2014 - Developing pet treats from pollock skins

2014 - Determining the effects of Asian pink and chum salmon on growth and maturation of Alaskan populations of chum and Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea

2014 - Evaluating the effect of handling method on injury, recovery and mortality of skates (Rajidae) caught with longline gear

2014 - Using a stage structured population dynamics model to determine key environmental and fishery-related drivers of AYK Chinook salmon survival

2014 - Causes of decline in Pacific halibut size at age

2013 - Modeling Biological and Economic Implications of Layered Management Measures for Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries

2013 - Replacing Ethoxyquin in Fishmeal: Is It Possible?

2013 - The effects of variation in fishing restrictions and environmental conditions on vital rates of Steller sea lions from Russian rookeries with contrasting population trends

2013 - Reproduction, survival and depredation of Steller sea lions from the declining western Aleutian Islands in relation to the stable eastern Gulf of Alaska region: LHX-2

2013 - Fishing for Pollock in a Sea of Change: A Historical Analysis of the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery

2012 - Variations in size of maturity of walleye pollock and implications on harvest strategy

2012 - Codification and description of injuries sustained by skates (Rajidae) caught as bycatch by the Bering Sea longline fleet

2012 - Augmenting Two Existing Steller Sea Lion Research Projects With Additional Field Time

2012 - The Alaska Seafood Industry K-12 Curriculum

2011 - Contination: Impact of health and maternal investment on survival of endangered Steller Sea Lion pups

2011 - Matt Myers Memorial Graduate Student Travel Fund

2011 - Evaluation of diet composition and plane of nutrition of free-ranging harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from Tugidak Island, Alaska in warm and cool climatic periods.

2011 - Freshwater growth and survival in AYK Chinook salmon, maternal health, and the ultimate effects on stock productivity.

2011 - Consummate and consumed predators: assessing killer whale predation on juvenile Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska.

2011 - Combining genetics and population dynamics to improve management of Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus)

2010 - Evaluation of diet composition and plane of nutrition of free-ranging harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from Tugidak Island, Alaska in warm and cool climatic periods.

2010 - Matt Myers Memorial Graduate Student Travel Fund

2010 - Freshwater growth and survival in AYK Chinook salmon, maternal health, and the ultimate effects on stock productivity.

2009 - Impact of health and maternal investment on survival of endangered Steller sea lion pups

2009 - Feeding patterns, prey selection, and potential dietary overlap of age-0 pelagic juveniles of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) and Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) during a cold summer in the eastern Bering Sea

2009 - Present and future impacts of ocean acidification on juvenile walleye pollock metabolic processes and growth rates

2009 - Consummate and consumed predators: assessing killer whale predation on juvenile Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska.

2009 - Continuing to increase experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

2009 - Workshop on spatial structure and dynamics of walleye pollock in the Bering Sea

2008 - Matt Myers Memorial Graduate Student Travel Fund

2008 - Combining genetics and population dynamics to improve management of Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus)

2008 - Bering Sea temperatures and their relationship to walleye pollock fisheries: a feasibility study of year-round near-real time data acquisition

2008 - Making our mark: Assessment of the behavioral and physiological effects of long-term tracking methods in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus)

2008 - Purification of pollock oil using short path distillation

2008 - Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2008 - Increasing experimental learning opportunities for undergraduate students in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

2008 - Fatty acid composition of forage species in the Bering Sea: Variability and its effect on estimating predator diets using quantitative fatty acid signature analysis

2007 - Seafood processing and marketing training for Western Alaska

2007 - Investigation of bycatch and the ecology of sharks in the Bering Sea

2007 - Combining genetics and population dynamics to improve management of Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus)

2007 - Walleye pollock stock distribution, growth, and condition in the Bering Sea

2007 - What is causing the Northern fur seal decline? A literature review and analysis

2006 - Seafood processing and marketing training in western Alaska

2006 - Seasonal Variation in the Metabolic Performance of Walleye Pollockand the Influence of Temperature

2006 - DNA analysis of the origins of chum salmon bycatch in Alaskan trawl fisheries

2006 - Essential larval and juvenile fish habitat in nearshore waters of Kachemak Bay, Alaska

2006 - Local and traditional knowledge of interactions between fishermen and Steller sea lions

2006 - Fishes, catches and science of Alaskan seas and nearby ocean waters(a book by Al Tyler)

2005 - Developing DNA Markers for the Analysis of Chum Salmon Bycatch in Alaskan Trawl Fisheries (Phase 1)

2005 - Predation on Northern Fur Seals in the Pribilof Islands: A Baseline Study Local and Traditional Knowledge Survey and Fishery Logbook Program

2005 - A collaborative proposal: Symposium on re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and enhancing the role of regional fishery management councils

2005 - Essential larval and juvenile fish habitat in nearshore waters of Kachemak Bay, Alaska

2005 - Instruction in Fisheries Management

2005 -Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2005 - Changes in Steller Sea lion skull sizes: Testing the nutritional stress and killer whale predation hypothesis

2005 - Finishing work on the new book: Fishes, Catches and Science of Alaska Seas

2004 - Continuation: Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2004 - Seasonal variation in the metabolic performance of walleye pollock and the influence of water temperature

2003 - Developing DNA markers for the analysis of chum salmon bycatch in Alaskan trawl fisheries (Phase 1)

2003 - Continuation: An examination of the maturation of walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea in relation temporal and spatial factors

2003 - Continuation: Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2003 - Integrating science and tradition: Ecosystem monitoring through the subsistence harvests of the Pribilof Islands, Alaska

2003 - Environmental predictors of walleye pollock recruitment in the Eastern Bering Sea

2002 - Continuation: Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2002 - Continuation: DNA analysis of the origins of chinook salmon bycatch in Alaskan trawl fisheries

2002 - Keeping Mooring 2 alive: Continuing long-term biophysical measurements over the southeastern Bering Sea shelf

2002 - Keeping Mooring 2 alive: Sinking particles and pelagic food webs in the Southeast Bering Sea 2002

2002 - An examination of the maturation of walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea in relation temporal and spatial factors

2002 - Shallow water nearshore fish assemblages around Steller sea lion haulouts near Kodiak, Alaska

2002 - Jellyfish impact on food web production and ecosystem structure in the southeastern Bering Sea

2002 - Producer cooperative and producer organizations

2001 - Pollock market data acquisition future Russian pollock supply

2001 - An investigation into the possible relationship between killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation and the continuing decline of the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) population

2001 - Sinking particles and pelagic food webs in the Southeast Bering Sea: 2001Keeping Mooring 2 Alive

2001 - DNA analysis of the origins of chinook salmon bycatch in Alaskan trawl fisheries

2001 - Instruction in fisheries management(continuation)

2001 - Distribution of age-1 and age-2 walleye pollock in the Bering Sea: Sources of variation, implications for higher trophic levels, and climate change

2001 - Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels to evaluate the potential of fishing-induced declines in local pollock abundance

2001 - Factors affecting nearshore survival and production of juvenile sockeye salmon from Kvichak Bay

2001 - Assessing the extent of competition between Steller sea lions and commercial fisheries

2000 - Instruction in fisheries management

2000 - Markets for Alaska pollock products


Contact PCCRC

Keith Criddle, PCCRC Director
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
17101 Point Lena Loop Rd
Juneau, AK 99801-8344

Phone: (907) 796-5449
Fax: (907) 796-5447
Email: PCCRC@sfos.uaf.edu

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