Students, staff and faculty at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences  search for knowledge throughout the world’s oceans, but our focus is the oceans, bays and estuaries and freshwater systems in and around Alaska—from the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. Our pursuit of knowledge includes the study of our coastal communities, our living and nonliving resources, and the ecosystems within which they occur.

Our students are actively engaged in the most pressing issues in fisheries, marine biology and oceanography. With more than 1,000 PhD, masters and undergraduate degrees awarded, our alumni have had a major impact on and are deeply involved in academia, government agencies, and educational and nonprofit organizations around the world.