BBSRI is a regional non-profit research organization founded in 1998. Our mission is to conduct applied research and monitoring to improve the well-being of residents of Bristol Bay, Alaska with an emphasis on the Bay's fish stocks and fisheries. BBSRI is a 501.c.3 subsidiary of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC).
Mission: To undertake scientific research and management that will foster economic and social benefits to the residents and communities of Bristol Bay to ensure sustainability of the region’s renewable natural resources with an emphasis on its fish stocks and fisheries.
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BSRI is a regional non-profit research organization founded in 1998. Our mission is to conduct applied research and monitoring to improve the well-being of residents of Bristol Bay, Alaska with an emphasis on the Bay's fish stocks and fisheries. BBSRI is a 501.c.3 subsidiary of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC).
What we do
The Institute works closely with resource managers, the fishing industry, municipalities, and communities to help improve the management of area fish stocks and other natural resources. Over the years, BBSRI has brought financial and technical resources, and focus to important topics and research needs that typically "fall between the cracks" of agencies with declining budgets and/or constrained by narrow mandates. For example, the State of Alaska is responsible for ensuring that the Bay salmon fishery provides a sustainable catch over time, but no state or federal agency has a mandate to ensure economic vitality of the fishery. Stemming directly from its mission, much of BBSRI's work over the last 15 years has been toward fostering the economic health and vitality of the region and its residents. BBSRI conducts applied research and resource monitoring, contracts with universities and others, and assists agencies with securing funding to assist them with carrying out their missions to the extent BBSRI's mission is also addressed.
Examples of Research and Monitoring Projects
BBSRI has managed and, with ADF&G, operated the Port Moller Test Fishery to assess the abundance and stock composition of the Bristol Bay salmon run since 2002 (www.bbsri.org/port-moller-test-fishery). BBSRI has assessed the abundance, size, and age composition of sockeye smolts leaving the Kvichak, Ugashik, and Egegik rivers beginning in 2008 (www.bbsri.org/bbsri-smolt-program). With the University of Washington, we collaborated with ADF&G and industry to address the economic impacts of alternative escapement goal policies for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay (www.bbsri.org/escapement-goal-analysis). BBSRI initiated and led an effort to bring together ADF&G, industry, and others stakeholders to address funding shortfalls in order to maintain a world-class fishery in Bristol Bay (Bristol Bay Fisheries Collaborative: www.bbsri.org/bbfc).