Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program
More than 40 scientists from 11 institutions are taking part in the $17.6 million Gulf of Alaska ecosystem study that examines the physical and biological mechanisms that determine the survival of juvenile groundfishes in the eastern and western Gulf of Alaska. From 2010 to 2014, oceanographers, fisheries biologists and modelers will look at the gauntlet faced by commercially important groundfishes, specifically walleye pollock, Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, sablefish and arrowtooth flounder, during their first year of life as they are transported from offshore areas where they are spawned to nearshore nursery areas. The study includes two field years (2011 and 2013) followed by one synthesis year. Follow along with scientists in the field via Field Notes.