Mar 3, 2017
In February, Dorothy Childers received the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award at the Alaska SeaLife Center's (ASLC) Annual Marine Gala. Present by ASLC, this award recognizes...
Jan 20, 2017
With an impressive list of keynote speakers and plenary session presenters, this year’s Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS) returns to the Hotel Captain Cook from January 23 to 27, 2016—better than...
Jan 10, 2017
NPRB is seeking nominations to its Advisory and Science Panels for 2017. Four seats for the Science Panel and four seats for the Advisory Panel will become...
Oct 6, 2016
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is pleased to announce that Dr. Betsy Baker will be joining the NPRB staff as Executive Director on November 28, 2016. Dr. Baker brings to NPRB over 30 years of...
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) was created by Congress in 1997 to recommend marine research activities to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. For almost two decades, NPRB has been committed to better understanding the waters surrounding Alaska as they relate to pressing fishery management issues and important ecosystem information needs.
Since 2002, NPRB has supported three major ecosystem research programs, over 380 multi-annual projects, 56 graduate students, and three long-term monitoring projects. Over 120 different institutions (national and international) have received funding, resulting in more than 580 peer-reviewed journal publications, covering research themes that include fishes & invertebrates, fish habitat, oceanography, lower trophic level productivity, seabirds, marine mammals, and humans.
Through a competitive proposal process, NPRB supports peer-reviewed scientific research in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and the Arctic Ocean ecosystems. NPRB maintains four scientific programmatic approaches:
Current Funding Opportunities
NPRB will be releasing two requests for proposals (RFPs) in October 2016. The Graduate Student Research Awards and the Core Program (formally known as the Annual Research Program) are annual calls for proposals.
Alaska Marine Science Symposium
Each year, NPRB, along with several other co-sponsors, hosts Alaska's premier marine research conference. Speakers at the symposium deliver marine science findings from the Arctic, Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands, and the Gulf of Alaska.Conference Website
Annual Photo Contest
Since 2007, NPRB has conducted an annual photo contest specific to sea life, seascapes, coastal scenes, and marine research within the waters of the North Pacific Ocean. The contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers.
Large Marine Ecosystems
Alaska’s marine ecosystems are some of the most productive regions in the world, supporting vast and varied populations of fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. They provide over 40% of the commercial fish landings in the United States and generate an abundance of resources for subsistence and recreational users. Each has a suite of atmospheric and oceanographic features within which marine species have adapted strategies for growth and survival. NPRB classifies waters off Alaska into three distinct ecosystems:
NPRB places a priorty on research that addresses pressing fishery management issues and imporant ecosystem information needs. This research can be further subdivided into the following research themes.