Alaska Arctic marine fish ecology catalog

Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5038
Prepared in cooperation with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Environmental Studies Program (OCS Study, BOEM 2016-048)
Edited by: Lyman K. Thorsteinson and Milton S. Love



The marine fishes in waters of the United States north of the Bering Strait have received new and increased scientific attention over the past decade (2005–15) in conjunction with frontier qualities of the region and societal concerns about the effects of Arctic climate change. Commercial fisheries are negligible in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, but many marine species have important traditional and cultural values to Alaska Native residents. Although baseline conditions are rapidly changing, effective decisions about research and monitoring investments must be based on reliable information and plausible future scenarios. For the first time, this synthesis presents a comprehensive evaluation of the marine fish fauna from both seas in a single reference. Although many unknowns and uncertainties remain in the scientific understanding, information presented here is foundational with respect to understanding marine ecosystems and addressing dual missions of the U.S. Department of the Interior for energy development and resource conservation. 

Suggested Citation

Thorsteinson, L.K., and Love, M.S., eds., 2016, Alaska Arctic marine fish ecology catalog: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5038 (OCS Study, BOEM 2016-048), 768 p.,

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Ecology Catalog—Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
  • Chapter 2. Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Inventory
  • Chapter 3. Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Species Accounts
  • Chapter 4. Synthesis of Arctic Alaska Marine Fish Ecology
  • Chapter 5. Arctic Climate Change—A Tale Of Two Cods
  • Chapter 6. Conservation of Arctic Alaska’s Marine Fish Resources
  • Chapter 7. Glossary of Ecological Terms
  • Chapter 8. References Cited
  • Appendixes A-C


Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Alaska Arctic marine fish ecology catalog
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2016-5038
DOI 10.3133/sir20165038
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Alaska Regional Director's Office
Description xi, 768 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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