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ID Title Council Priority SSC Priority Research Status Ecosystem Area Related Council Action Plan Teams
171 Acquire basic life history information (e.g., natural mortality, growth, size at maturity) for data-poor stocks Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
172 Develop and validate aging methods for crabs. Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
173 Expand studies to identify stock and management boundaries Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
228 Conduct studies documenting the subsistence harvest (patterns, norms, quantities) in communities affected by Council actions. ... Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Fishery Dependent Community Assessments
214 Evaluate the impact of seabird bycatch in fisheries on bird populations, and methods to reduce Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
215 Determine potential impacts of fishing activities on marine mammals Strategic Strategic No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
216 Assess whether Bering Sea canyons are habitats of particular concern Important Important Partially underway Bering Sea Habitat Issues
217 Impact of fisheries on benthic habitat and trophic interactions Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Habitat Issues
218 Survey capability for forage fish Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea Harvest specifications
219 Monitor skate egg case concentrations every 2 to 3 years using non-invasive research design, such as in situ observation ... Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
220 Research on survey analysis techniques for species that exhibit patchy distributions Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
221 Collect maturity scans during fisheries that target spawning fish Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
222 Improve estimates of natural mortality (M) for Pacific cod. Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
223 Develop and evaluate global climate change models (GCM) or downscaled climate variability scenarios to assess impacts to ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
224 Climate and oceanographic information covering a wider range of seasons Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
225 Development  of projection models to evaluate management strategies under varying environmental and ecological conditions. ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Harvest specifications
226 Continue to evaluate the socio-economic effects from fishery policy changes on coastal communities. Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Economic impacts
227 Improve estimation of fishery interactions with non-target groundfish, and prohibited species. Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
174 Develop spatially explicit stock assessment models Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
175 Develop age-structured models for scallop assessment Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
176 Refine methods to incorporate uncertainty into harvest strategies for groundfish Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
177 Conduct prospective and retrospective analyses of changes in the spatial and temporal distribution of fishing effort in response ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
178 Develop a framework and collect economic information Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Economic impacts
179 Conduct pre- and post-implementation studies of the benefits and costs, and their distribution, associated with dedicated ... Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Economic impacts
180 Economic, social, and cultural valuation research on protected species Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
182 Evaluate current and alternative Council PSC/bycatch reduction initiatives Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
183 Research the role of habitat in population dynamics and ecosystem processes Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
184 Evaluate efficacy of habitat closure areas and habitat recovery Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
186 Collect and maintain zooplankton and meroplankton biomass and community composition time series Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Ecosystem impacts
187 Maintain indicator-based ecosystem assessment for EBS. Important Important Underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
188 Develop indicator-based ecosystem assessments for AI (in progress), GOA, Arctic. Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Harvest specifications
189 Develop stock-specific ecosystem indicators and incorporate into stock assessments Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
190 Collect and maintain time series of ocean pH  Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Ecosystem impacts
191 Assess whether changes in pH and temperature would affect managed species, upper level predators, and lower trophic levels. ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Ecosystem impacts
192 Collect, analyze, and monitor diet information Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
194 Identification and integration of archived data Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands General
196 Genetics, population dynamics, and management implications of hybridization between Tanner and snow crab in the Bering Sea. ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
197 Develop methodologies to monitor for new/emerging diseases and/or parasites among exploited species and higher trophic levels ... Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
198 Initiate and expand non-market valuation research of habitat, ecosystem services, and passive use considerations Strategic Strategic No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other
200 Monitor contaminant flux and loads in lower and higher trophic levels, and assess potential for impact on vital rates. Strategic Strategic No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Ecosystem impacts
202 Methods for reliable estimation of total removals Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
203 Improve discard mortality rate estimates for scallops Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
204 Tagging studies of Aleutian Islands Pacific cod and Atka mackerel Important Important Partially underway Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
205 Age determination methods for Pacific cod, Pacific sleeper sharks, and spiny dogfish Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
206 Biomass indices and alternate methodologies for lowest tier groundfish species Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
144 District-wide survey for demersal shelf rockfish in Southeast Alaska Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Partially underway Gulf of Alaska Harvest specifications
145 Continuation of State and Federal annual and biennial surveys Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
146 Improve surveys in untrawlable habitat, particularly for rockfish, Atka mackerel, and sculpins Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
147 Life history research on data poor or non-recovering crab stocks Important Important Partially underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
148 Spatial distribution and movement of crabs relative to life history events and fishing Urgent Urgent Partially underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
149 Improve handling mortality rate estimates for crab Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
150 Maintain the core biological and oceanographic data (e.g., biophysical moorings, stomach data, zooplankton, age 0 surveys) ... Critical Ongoing Monitoring Critical Ongoing Monitoring Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Ecosystem impacts
151 Develop a spatially-explicit model for BSAI pollock Important Important Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
153 Study vertical distribution of Pacific cod to better understand catchability Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea Harvest specifications
155 Evaluation of salmon PSC mitigation measures Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
156 Improve knowledge for salmon PSC impact assessment Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
157 Improve methods of monitoring fishery interactions Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Observer Program
158 Research ecosystem indicators and their thresholds for inclusion in ecosystem-level management strategy evaluation. Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
159 Evaluate interactions between fisheries and pinnipeds Urgent Urgent Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
160 Assess vital rates of Steller sea lions Urgent Urgent Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
161 Assess the health of Stellar sea lions Urgent Urgent Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
162 Quantify killer whale predation of Steller sea lions (M) Urgent Urgent Underway Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
163 Conduct routine fish, crab, and oceanographic surveys in the northern Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean Urgent Urgent Partially underway Bering Sea, Arctic Arctic FMP
164 Effects of trawling on female red king crab and subsequent recruitment Important Important Underway Bering Sea Habitat Issues
165 Conduct routine surveys of subsistence in the northern Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean Urgent Urgent Partially underway Bering Sea, Arctic Harvest specifications
166 Estimate scallop stock abundance Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
167 Alternative approaches to acquire fishery-independent abundance data for for unsurveyed crab stocks. Urgent Urgent Partially underway Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
169 Studies on factors that affect catchability particularly for King, Snow, and Tanner crab Important Important Underway Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
170 Quantitative reproductive index for the BSAI crab stocks Urgent Urgent Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
451 Arrowtooth flounder stock structure and movement Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
511 Computerized image analysis of current camera sled data Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
533 Explore geospatial approaches for time series of survey data Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
534 Develop technical interaction model for BSAI MSE Urgent Urgent Underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Pending
494 Investigate skate egg concentration areas as EFH and HAPC Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska Habitat Issues
554 Molt and mate timing for Norton Sound red king crab Important Important Partially underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
555 Herring genetics on overwintering and spawning grounds Important Important Listed on RFPs Bering Sea Bycatch reduction
556 Herring PSC estimation in groundfish fisheries Important Important No action Bering Sea Bycatch reduction
193 Improve species identification Strategic Strategic Completed Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
207 Analyses of fishery effort and observer data for scallops Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
208 Research on stock- recruit relationships Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
209 Investigate factors affecting the guided angler sector of the halibut fishery Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea Halibut allocations
210 Develop bioeconomic models Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
211 Benefits and costs of directed halibut catch and halibut PSC utilization Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Halibut allocations
212 Develop methods to estimate sea lion abundance Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
213 Assess the impact of the displacement of the groundfish fleet on Northern fur seals Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
230 Examine social and economic interactions between coastal communities and commercial and recreational fisheries Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Fishery Dependent Community Assessments
231 Retrospective analysis of the impact of Chinook salmon PSC avoidance measures on the BSAI pollock fishery Important Important Partially underway Bering Sea Bycatch reduction
232 Develop management strategy evaluations that incorporate changing climate and economic conditions and impacts to coastal ... Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Economic impacts
233 Develop an ongoing database of product inventories Strategic Strategic No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Economic impacts
234 Analyze current determinants of demand for principal seafood products Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Economic impacts
235 Investigate gear modifications and changes in fishing practices to reduce bycatch and PSC Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
236 Conduct studies of sperm whale and killer whale depredation of catch in long-line fisheries and surveys Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
237 Improved habitat maps Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
238 Develop a GIS relational database for habitat, to include a historical time series of the spatial intensity of interactions ... Strategic Strategic Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
239 Assess the extent of the distribution of corals Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
240 Develop a multivariate index of the climate forcing of the Bering Sea shelf  Important Important Partially underway Bering Sea Ecosystem impacts
241 Develop bottom and water column temperature database and indices Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
242 Collect and maintain primary production time series Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
244 Collect and maintain time-series data on the community composition, production and biomass of benthic invertebrate and vertebrate ... Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
245 Assess the impact of increases in recovering whale populations on lower trophic level energy pathways Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
246 Cooperative research efforts to supplement existing at-sea surveys that provide seasonal, species-specific information on ... Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
247 Assess the relative importance of non-commercially exploited species to human communities Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Economic impacts
248 Measure and monitor large scale fish composition  Strategic Strategic Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
362 Monitoring potential water quality impacts Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
363 Area-specific variability in scallop population processes Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
364 Updated sperm whale stock assessment Urgent Urgent No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
365 Retrospective analysis of the impact of Chinook PSC avoidance measures on communities of western Alaska Urgent Urgent No action Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
366 Continue to investigate time variation and the shape of fishery and survey selectivity models Urgent Urgent Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
367 Continue to improve stock assessment methodology with respect to uncertainty Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
368 Develop a simulation model of Steller sea lion fishery interactions Urgent Urgent No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Steller sea lion protection
381 Effects of changes to the observer program Urgent Urgent No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Observer Program
382 Investigate in situ methods of tagging species that experience barotrauma Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other
383 Determine quantitative indicators of spatial structure, particular for walleye pollock and Pacific cod Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
385 Study Pacific halibut PSC, bycatch, and discard behavior in fisheries Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
386 Investigate long term effects of fishing on Pacific halibut Strategic Strategic Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Halibut allocations
361 Effects of Ocean Acidification on Scallops Strategic Strategic No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
249 Assess the movement of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals Urgent Urgent Partially underway Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
250 Conduct ecosystem structure studies Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
251 Modeling studies of ecosystem productivity Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
387 Determine effects of migration on the Pacific halibut population and management Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Halibut allocations
388 Study temporal and spatial patterns in size-at-age of Pacific halibut Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Halibut allocations
389 Investigate ecosystem effects and inter-species interactions of halibut Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea Halibut allocations
390 Assess the population status of harbor seals in the Aleutian Islands and determine factors affecting their population trajectories ... Strategic Strategic No action Aleutian Islands Other mammal/seabird interactions
431 Develop tools for analyzing coastal community vulnerability to fisheries management changes Important Important Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Fishery Dependent Community Assessments
472 Evaluate causes of variable meat size, undersized meats in scallops Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Other
491 Assess dependence and impacts of halibut management actions on communities Urgent Urgent Pending Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
492 Investigate factors underlying fishery responses to halibut PSC caps Urgent Urgent Pending Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Bycatch reduction
493 Examine the relative importance of historical closed areas in the vicinity of the Pribilof Islands as juvenile halibut nursery ... Urgent Urgent Pending Bering Sea Bycatch reduction
531 Collect growth data for Bering Sea crab stocks Urgent Urgent Partially underway Bering Sea Harvest specifications
532 Natural mortality estimation for crab stocks Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
452 Dusky Rockfish and Shortspine Thornyhead genetics research for improved population structure Important Important No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Harvest specifications
453 Cod density in untrawlable areas in the AI Important Important Underway Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
454 Sculpin natural mortality, seasonal food habits Important Important Pending Gulf of Alaska Harvest specifications
455 Shark aging, size at maturity, natural mortality Important Important Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Arctic Harvest specifications
535 Development and evaluation of data poor and data moderate methods Urgent Urgent Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
536 Evaluate incorporation of climate change impacts into stock assessments Strategic Strategic Underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Ecosystem impacts
537 Identification of best practices for long term storage of ageing structures. Strategic Strategic Partially underway Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Pending
551 Estimate scallop survey catchability Urgent Urgent No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
571 Age validation for scallop shells Pending Pending No action Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands General
591 Development of a common assessment modeling platform for Bering Sea crab assessments Pending Pending No action Bering Sea Harvest specifications
592 Maturity estimates for Bering Sea and Aleutian Island crab stocks Pending Pending No action Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
593 Develop collections for the core biological and oceanographic data (e.g., biophysical moorings, benthic production, larval ... Pending Pending No action Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands General
594 Effects of trawling and other anthropogenic benthic-contact activities on crab habitat Pending Pending No action Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands Habitat Issues
154 Pacific cod stock assessment for the Aleutian Islands Urgent Urgent Underway Aleutian Islands Harvest specifications
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