Sep 242013
Published September 24, 2013

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) and AKFIN collaborated to profile 16 different Alaska federal commercial fishing fleets. The results of this project were published by NPFMC in 2011.  Using the established fleet parameters AKFIN has completed an annual addendum detailing the status of the fleets.  Please see the link below for the 2012 addendum.


Jun 072013
Published June 7, 2013

It has always been a challenge communicating the skills needed when hiring an AKFIN analyst.  Find a person with a background in computer programming, data analysis, business, and science — and there you have it.  This clip from Yahoo Finance describes the qualities and challenges of finding such an individual.  Not sure about it being the sexiest job, but the other points they make are good.

Check it out!

Apr 172013
Published April 17, 2013

The AKFIN Answers tool has been upgraded to, a version that fixes the previous problems experienced when exporting datasets to MS Excel.  Prior to this upgrade, some cells values were suppressed in the MS Excel export; this did not affect comma-delimited or fixed-width file exports.  If you encounter issues with this new version of AKFIN Answers, please contact Bob Ryznar at

Apr 042013
Published April 4, 2013

AKFIN in conjunction with PSMFC has recently increased its support of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Staff by providing GIS Support.  Historically Council Staff sought ad hoc support or had its own staff member assigned to GIS.  The current in-house data support AKFIN provides and the proficient GIS resources available through Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission provided a straight forward path to GIS support.  For the February NPFMC meeting AKFIN-PSMFC provided several hundred maps including streaming monthly Prohibited Species Catch maps for the discussion paper on Bristol Bay red king crab.

Mar 252013
Published March 25, 2013

It’s time for the seasonal AKFIN photo contest! Have you braved the Bering Sea?  Adventured upon the Alaskan archipelago?  Spent summers scraping scales?  Now is your chance to submit an Alaskan Fisheries themed image to AKFIN to be exhibited on our website.  Four new photos will be posted on the home page slideshow every quarter.

Please email submissions to .  We prefer photographs be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format and between 2 and 5Mb, with a resolution around 180dpi.

Jan 182013
Published January 18, 2013

AKFIN recently collaborated with Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) and NMFS Alaska Region staff to report economic performance indicators for five North Pacific catch share programs: IFQ sablefish and halibut, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization program, AFA pollock, Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish, and Amendment 80 non-pollock trawl catcher/processors. Results will be published later this year in a NMFS Office of Science and Technology report.


This reporting is part of a nationwide effort implemented in 2011 by NMFS to monitor the overall performance of fisheries using standardized economic indicators. Current metrics for annual reporting describe catch and harvest, fishing effort, and revenue, with development of additional metrics for fishery productivity underway. AKFIN staff are currently working on expanding this reporting to non-catch share fisheries, including the Alaska weathervane scallop, BSAI freezer-longliner Pacific cod, and GOA non-Rockfish Program rockfish fisheries. Subsequent work will include development of analytical datasets to support routine annual reporting of these performance metrics.