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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

Fisheries Access for Alaska—Charting the Future

Jan 12–13, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

2016 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

Jan 27–29, 2016
Juneau, Alaska

HACCP – Anchorage

Feb 8–9, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

Better Process Control School

Feb 10–12, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

More workshops, meetings, and classes

New and noteworthy

oil spill cleanupLearn about marine mammal strandings, oiled wildlife, invasive species, and other environmental risks you may come across in coastal regions. Encountering Environmental Hazards on Alaska’s Coasts also tells how to report what you see.

Gulf Coast travel guide The new Gulf of Alaska Coastal Travel Routes is an online guide for adventurers, fishermen, sailors, and recreational boaters. The travel guide focuses on the eastern and central Gulf of Alaska, from west of Glacier Bay to Seward.

woman in processorHACCP, smoked seafood, and a seafood processing leadership institute are on the docket for seafood processors this fall and winter. Learn more about our seafood processing classes and workshops.

eroding coastlineAlaska Young Fishermen's Summit VI is happening January 27–29, 2016, in Juneau. Visit us on the AYFS Facebook page, too. See you in Juneau.

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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.