EcoFOCI is a joint research program between NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). EcoFOCI emphasizes an ecosystem approach to research and management. It encompasses both the long-term FOCI program, originally looking at single-species fish populations, and the newer NPCREP program, investigating impacts of climate on ecosystems.
History of FOCI
The FOCI program was established by NOAA in 1984 to study relationships between the marine environment and the survival of commercially valuable fish in the western Gulf of Alaska. Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) was the first fish species examined in these studies. Since inception, the scope has evolved to encompass study of ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea with the goals of improving understanding of ecosystem dynamics, and applying that understanding to the management of marine resources. See FOCI: the first 10 years and Early Tour.
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