The North Pacific Fishery Management Council identifies priorities for research, over the next 1 to 5 years, as those activities that are the most important for the conservation and management of fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, eastern Bering Sea, and the Arctic. This listing of priorities has two purposes: 1) to meet the requirements of the revised Magnuson-Stevens Act for the Councils to identify 5 year research needs, and 2) to provide guidance on research priorities to the research community and funding agencies. Research priorities are organized into four categories: critical ongoing monitoring, urgent, important (near term), and strategic (future needs). These categories place less emphasis on the relative value of research topics and more emphasis on the correspondence of research to the Council’s time horizon of management concerns.
The Council’s research priorities are organized online through a publicly accessible database, research.psmfc.org, which can be queried for changes in research status and can also be downloaded completely for detailed information about all of the Council’s research needs.
Staff contact is Jim Armstrong: 907-271-2809.
Current Council Research Priorities, identified at the June 2016 Council meeting.