The Fish Expert Network has produced an atlas of Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes presents results of the Russian American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) fish investigations conducted by bottom trawl in the Pacific Arctic region northward from Bering Strait. Species accounts provide documentation of the biodiversity and geographic distribution baselines with maps supported by citation of voucher specimens, catch records, and literature; habitat and morphological descriptions; and remarks on taxonomic issues with implications from DNA barcoding. Pages of fish photographs with labeled features are grouped separately in an identification guide.

The RUSALCA baseline objective coordinates well with the marine biodiversity monitoring objectives of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) and this atlas and guide became a priority for completion as a contribution to the CBMP as well as fulfillment of objectives for NOAA Arctic Research Office contracts for RUSALCA.

The Fish Expert Network is also producing a pan-Arctic species list of marine and diadromous fishes that updates a 2010 list. Please note that this list is an interim draft, and the Fish Expert network will be revising and expanding the list for publication in the near future. In addition to bringing the scientific names up to date, they have provided the most common name in English, French, Norwegian and Russian. 

The Fish Expert Network has also started collecting species composition and distribution data to calculate baselines. 




Kevin Hedges

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Faroe Islands








Hreiðar Þór Valtýson

University of Akureyri


Edda Johannesen

Institute of Marine Research





Sean Burril

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management




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