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Alaska’s fisheries are critical to its livelihood

Alaska is home to several of the largest and most valuable commercial, subsistence, and sport fisheries in the nation. Commercial fisheries in the federally managed waters of the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska produce the highest volumes of groundfish (pollock, cod, rockfish, sablefish, and flatfish) in the country, close to 2 million metric tons per year, valued in 2013 in excess of $2 billion.

Wild salmon fisheries range from Ketchikan in the south to Kotzebue, north of the Arctic Circle. In 2014, the commercial catch of salmon in Alaska totaled more than 717 million fish worth $576 million.

Crab fisheries in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and Southeastern are annually valued at over $280 million with halibut fisheries contributing over $140 million.

Subsistence fishing is critical to the cultural as well as economic well-being of the more than 100,000 Alaska Natives and non-Natives living in rural Alaska. Four percent of fish harvested in Alaska is used for subsistence purposes.

Sport fishing is also important, occurring in saltwater and freshwater regions of Alaska.

How Alaska Sea Grant helps fisheries

The Marine Advisory Program provides information and technical assistance to Alaskans involved in commercial, subsistence and sport fishing. We coordinate workshops, carry out applied research, and publish materials of interest to fishermen.

Fisheries Explorer map

Map showing Alaska fishing regions and species fished in each region.
Visit the interactive Fisheries Explorer map to learn about various commercial fisheries around the state, including harvest seasons, commercial access, gear types, and links to more in-depth information. The results can be filtered by region, species, gear types, and more.


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Research shows how jack salmon contribute to population and genetics

July 19, 2022

In the world of commercial fisheries management and Pacific salmon research, jack salmon haven’t received nearly as much attention as their larger relatives, but that may change as a result…

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Alaska Sea Grant at ComFish

June 9, 2022

Every year, Alaska Sea Grant participates in ComFish, Alaska’s largest and longest running commercial fisheries trade show. This year, fisheries specialist Gabe Dunham, marine advisory agent Sunny Rice and Alaska…

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New SkipperScience app in development engages fishermen to report observations

February 22, 2022

As part of her Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship working with the Alaska Conservation Foundation, Hannah-Marie Garcia is contributing to the development of a mobile app called SkipperScience. The app…

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Identifying training needs of new Alaska fishermen

February 15, 2022

Alaska’s seafood industry is the economic backbone of many coastal communities. Seafood harvesting jobs pay well, and yet getting into the business is not easy. Commercial fishing demands a range…

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Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit covers critical topics in fisheries business, safety, and resource management

December 13, 2021

Fishermen from around the state gathered online last week for the ninth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS). The goal of AYFS is to educate new commercial fishermen in the business,…

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Alaska Sea Grant attends Pacific Marine Expo

December 2, 2021

Alaska Sea Grant has been attending the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle for at least four decades. This year, Alaska Sea Grant hosted a booth at the November 18–20 event…

Teresa Peterson

Theresa Peterson to keynote Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

November 18, 2021

Alaska Sea Grant will host the ninth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) from December 6–9. Theresa Peterson will provide the keynote address. Peterson is an active subsistence and commercial fisherman…

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Rockfish study adds local ecological knowledge to inform fisheries management

June 23, 2021

Over 35 species of rockfish live in the waters off the coast of Alaska. Rockfish have been harvested for subsistence for thousands of years, and commercially and recreationally fished since…

Business assistance through FishBiz

FishBiz includes financial and business tools for Alaska commercial seafood harvesters. Find information on starting and managing your business, growing and diversifying, and planning an exit strategy. Go to Fishbiz

Gabe Dunham

MAP Leader, Fisheries Specialist, Juneau

(907) 474-6982

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Sunny Rice

Marine Advisory Agent, Petersburg

(907) 772-3381

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Julie Matweyou

Marine Advisory Agent, Kodiak

(907) 486-1514

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Tav Ammu

Marine Advisory Agent, Dillingham

(907) 631-8361

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