the ecosystems of the Alaskan continental shelf. The marine resource of
focus is walleye pollock, one of the most valuable commercial US marine
products. This fish is very plentiful and, because of its abundance, plays
a pivotal role in the food chain. It eats many smaller organisms,
and in turn is eaten by its own kind as well as apex predators such as
seabirds and marine mammals.
Most research has been performed
in the western Gulf of Alaska's Shelikof Strait region (between Kodiak
Island and the Alaska Peninsula) and on the southeastern Bering Sea shelf.