Sablefish Stock Assessment

Project Description

This project continues the program initiated in the previous cooperative agreement to prepare young scientists for careers in quantitative fisheries sciences, including population dynamics, management, and stock assessment. Training students in quantitative fisheries science is critical to NOAA and the state of Alaska. This program has been in place since 2002 between the University of Alaska and Alaska Fisheries Science Center (ASFC), NOAA Fisheries. This support is provided through CIFAR to Terrance Quinn II at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS). A committee of AFSC (Dana Hanselman) and SFOS scientists (Terrance Quinn, Franz Mueter) evaluates graduate student applications and decides on disbursement of funds. AFSC continues to be highly supportive of this program and its Auke Bay Lab unit (Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, TSMRI) contributed $293,984 to graduate student research about sablefish stock assessment. This project provides student training stipends and travel to quantitative students in conjunction with the research project “Cooperative research on sablefish between Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute (TSMRI) and UAF fisheries” project (see the Ecosystem Studies and Forecasting section of this report) with Prof. Anne Beaudreau and Prof. Terry Quinn as co-PI's. As described below, two graduate students have been recruited during this reporting period and are making good progress in both teaching and research. This project also included funding for professors Anne Beaudreau and Terrance Quinn to accomplish research associated with this project.



Research Team

Principal Investigator

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Terrance Quinn

Professor Emeritus
  • fish population dynamics
  • estimation of animal and fish abundance
  • statistical time series analysis and sampling theory
  • renewable resource management systems
  • short courses on spreadsheet applications of population dynamics
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Co-Principal Investigator

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Anne Beaudreau

Associate Professor
  • Fisheries Management
  • Fisheries Conservation
  • Fisheries Ecology
  • Fisheries Human Dimensions
  • Marine Ecology
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Franz Mueter

Associate Professor
  • climate effects on fish populations
  • dynamics of exploited populations
  • ecosystem oceanography
  • quantitative ecology
  • marine fisheries
  • multivariate analyses
  • population ecology
  • biostatistics
  • fisheries management
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Dana Hanselman

Affiliate Faculty
  • Fisheries Ecology
  • Fisheries Population and Biometry
(907) 789-6626
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Research Staff

Karson Coutre,

Kari Fenske,



Project Funding

Amount: $385,000
Start Date: 2012-07-00 End Date: 2014-12-00

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