Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

ABR’s Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Program offers a range of research and consulting services to provide baseline scientific information on aquatic resources, assist our clients in successfully navigating environmental permitting, and assist fishery managers in decision-making processes. We specialize in providing environmental documentation of aquatic resources including fish assemblages, fish habitat, and water quality to those organizations who are either working to develop resources (e.g., the oil and gas, mining, hydroelectric industries) or who are working to manage or restore aquatic habitats, water quality and fisheries resources. Our client list includes state and local government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private industry. Our scientists’ expertise includes taxonomy, distribution, and ecology of North American fish species and we are experienced with surveys in freshwater lakes, streams, and large rivers, as well as nearshore marine environments throughout Alaska.

Our services

Freshwater & Marine Fish Surveys

  • Fish surveys in lakes and streams
  • Beach-based and ship-based surveys of nearshore marine fishes
  • Pre- and post-project evaluations of fish populations
  • Fish age and growth studies including otolith processing, aging, and microchemical analysis
  • Amphibian surveys

Aquatic Habitat Evaluations

  • Fish habitat surveys, including measurements of stream flow, stream substrates, stream geomorphology, and riparian vegetation
  • Lake bathymetry and total water volume analysis
  • Limnology studies
  • Detailed photographic and video logs of project areas

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Water quality sampling plans and analysis
  • Pre- and post-development assessments of water quality
  • Macroinvertebrate bioassessment surveys
  • Periphyton sampling

Subsistence Fishery Monitoring

  • Fisheries harvest monitoring
  • Long-term fish population monitoring
  • Modeling of environmental and disturbance related drivers of aquatic conditions
  • Organizing community meetings and panels of experts for discussions on aquatic resources
  • Facilitating community engagement in management of subsistence fisheries

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"