Research Goals

Research priorities are evaluated annually by the center's Advisory Board.

Research Subject Areas for Proposals

Proposals should address one of six target areas:

  1. Ecology, biology, distribution and systematics of species of fish and shellfish affected by fisheries, both target and nontarget species;
  2. Responses of fish and shellfish and of stocks of fish and shellfish to variations of physical and biotic conditions;
  3. Genetic structure of Alaskan fish and shellfish populations;
  4. Fluctuations of fish and shellfish stocks, interactions of forage species with consumers including mammals and birds, and the ecosystems in which they occur;
  5. Development of the shellfish aquaculture industry in Alaska;
  6. Human dimensions of fishery systems:
    This research area would include a diverse range of student research focused on the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of Alaska's fishery systems. Research in this area could include studies of social-ecological marine ecosystems; community impacts of environmental, economic, and/or regulatory change; local and traditional ecological knowledge of fisheries; policy frameworks; economic development in coastal Alaska; or identity and attachment to fishery resources (e.g., subsistence, commercial). This research area would contribute to both the scientific and applied goals of this fellowship program.

Because other programs are providing significant resources for salmon studies, funding from the center will probably focus on other species.  While the board accepts proposals related to any of the research subject areas, it is especially interested in seeing proposals on applied topics such as the 2018–2022 research priorities and needs of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council [PDF].

It is intended that research results will have the potential of adding to the economic and social value of fish and shellfish utilization, and will contribute to long-term benefits for Alaska.