In 1999 the At-Sea Processors Association formed the Pollock Conservation Cooperative (PCC) with the goal to further improve conservation and utilization of Alaska's marine resources. Cooperative fishing among the pollock catcher/processor companies led to cooperative funding of marine research and a partnership between the PCC and UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC) was established in February 2000 to improve knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea through research and education, focusing on the commercial fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
The PCCRC funds investigators and students conducting research on pollock, salmon, and other groundfish species, as well as the fishing of and fisheries for these species. The PCCRC also funds research on habitat and ecosystems associated with these species, fishery management, marine mammals, resource utilization, marine resource economics, and policy. Additionally, the members of the PCC established the Ted Stevens Distinguished Professorship of Marine Policy at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Science. This position is currently held by Dr. Keith Criddle.
Pollock Stock Dynamics — Research dedicated to improved biological data on the pollock stock.
Stock Dynamics and Discard Mortality of Incidental Species — Research dedicated to improved biological data on species incidentally caught in North Pacific groundfish fisheries (sharks, skates, octopus, squid, sculpins, crab, halibut, salmon, etc.) to better quantify potential effects on those stocks and to improve estimates of discard mortality.
Habitat & Ecosystems — Research dedicated to assisting in the evaluation of habitat and ecosystem considerations.
Fishery Management- Research dedicated to evaluating current fisheries management strategy and potential need for regulatory flexibility to adapt to ever-changing environmental conditions.
Protected Species- Research dedicated to investigating the factors influencing the sustainability of protected species. Of primary interest to PCCRC is the Pribilof Island fur seal stock; however, research on Steller sea lions, and other Endangered, Threatened or Protected species will also be considered.
Resource Utilization- Research dedicated to create additional products and/or derive greater product value from existing harvests.
Advantages of PCCRC Funding
Support for applied research - Industry participation in setting research priorities, reviewing Letters of Intent (LOI), and Proposals.
Non-federal - Awards can be used to satisfy match requirements for federal and state research programs that require match.
LOI review - Letter of intent application process requires far less time investment than a full proposal.
Student fellowships and research assistantships - Funding for graduate student led projects (fellowships) and graduate student support projects (research assistantships).