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Watch the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Status Report Presentation to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council

December 17, 2021

Watch NOAA scientists present the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (presentation minute 55 - 1:44). 

Highlights include:

  • 2nd consecutive non-marine heatwave year, with average ocean temperatures at surface and depth
  • Mixed trends in prey abundance
  • Zooplankton — below-average to average (spatially-variable)
  • Forage fish — above-average
  • Reduced abundance of groundfish apex predators (Pacific cod, arrowtooth flounder, Pacific halibut)
  • Adult salmon returns improved from the lows of 2020 (abundant pink salmon)
  • Biological community experiencing continued impacts from the 2014-2016 and 2019 marine heatwave periods

 

Watch the presentation here

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