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A statewide outreach and technical assistance program helping Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources

Men in survival suits

A statewide outreach and technical assistance program helping Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources

MAP agents performing necropsy

A statewide outreach and technical assistance program helping Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources

Upcoming events
Workshops • Meetings • Classes

Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities, and Working Waterfronts

North American Association of Fisheries Economists 8th Biennial Forum
May 20–22, 2015
Ketchikan, Alaska

Introduction to Shellfish Aquaculture – Module 2

May 20–22, 2015
Ketchikan, Alaska

Seafood Environmental Compliance Workshop

May 22, 2015
Kodiak, Alaska

Smoking Alaska Seafood for Fun and Profit

Oct 7–9, 2015
Kodiak, Alaska

More workshops, meetings, and classes

New and noteworthy

Pacific oystersUpcoming shellfish farming workshops in Ketchikan and Homer are geared both to existing shellfish farmers and those who are interested in getting into shellfish aquaculture.

Every Halibut Counts Alaska’s sport fishermen release nearly half the halibut they catch, and up to six percent of the released fish die of stress and injuries. Every Halibut Counts includes a video, brochure, and placard offering techniques for gentle handling of halibut to minimize injury.

eroding coastlineThe next Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit is January 27–29, 2016, in Juneau. Meanwhile, visit the AYFS Facebook page. See you in Juneau.

eroding coastlineDeveloping an adaptation plan for Shaktoolik was a community-driven project building on efforts by Shaktoolik and other Native villages on the Bering Sea coast to adapt to potentially devastating effects of climate change. The result is a a step-by-step action plan to implement the community's decision, and a well-defined process that may be replicated by other at-risk communities.

We're active in...


MAP is involved in PNP hatcheries in efforts to facilitate sharing of resources and information, and conduct a coordinated applied research program.

Our aquaculture mission is to provide support for the rapidly expanding shellfish farming industry and provide technical assistance to the salmon ranching effort.

Business & Marketing

Alaska's coastal communities depend upon income from fishermen and fishing businesses for their economic well-being. Development of tourism, charter fishing, and other marine resource businesses present new opportunities.

We are working to help seafood and marine tourism industries through the development and delivery of business management educational programs.

Community Development

Alaska's coastal residents depend on the marine and freshwater resources of their regions for income, subsistence economy, and cultural and recreational well-being. Sustainable use of marine resources is critical to their future.

Located around the state, we work closely with residents to increase economic diversification and to conserve these resources.


Alaska has some of the largest commercial and sport fisheries in the nation. Subsistence fishing is critical to the well-being of the more than 100,000 rural Alaskans.

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

Marine Conservation

Alaska's economy and lifestyle depends on environmental quality and productive natural resources. Looming on the horizon are short-term and long-term changes in climate, water quality, and coastal development, as well as competing demands on Alaska's natural environment.

We provide information to the public, policy makers, and others regarding conservation issues.

Marine Mammals

Marine mammals interactions with people have increased in the past decade. Appreciation and concern for marine mammal conservation has grown with knowledge and exposure to these unique mammals.

We are involved in research, respond to informal and technical marine mammal questions, and encourage public participation in science and conservation.

Marine Recreation

Tourism is Alaska's second biggest industry by employment. Most of Alaska's tourism is centered on the coast and on a few major rivers. Sport fishing is one of the biggest draws to Alaska, and ecotourism is on the rise.

We provide technical, business, and informational assistance both to the recreation and tourism industry and to individual participants.

Marine Safety

Alaska has the highest rates of water fatalities and injuries in the United States among both recreational and commercial boaters. We spearheaded efforts to improve fishing vessel safety in the 1980s, leading to the establishment of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA).

In partnership with AMSEA, we provide marine safety instruction and produce publications and videos.

Seafood Technology

The Alaska seafood industry is the largest private employer in the state. The industry processes more than 55% of the total U.S. catch.

Our seafood technologists are a resource to Alaska fishermen and processors in improving their products, and we assist the seafood industry through training, consultations and research-based information.