Congress created the North Pacific Research Board in 1997 to recommend marine research initiatives to the US Secretary of Commerce, who makes final funding decisions.
Vision: A clear understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources.
Mission: To develop a comprehensive science program of the highest caliber that provides a better understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries. The work of the NPRB will be conducted through science planning, prioritization of pressing fishery management and ecosystem needs, coordination and cooperation among research programs, competitive selection of research projects, enhanced information availability and public involvement.
In January of each year, NPRB hosts the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska. The Symposium regularly attracts an audience of over 1,000 researchers and natural resource managers with an interest in the Alaska marine environment.
The Executive Dirctor of NPRB is Cynthia Suchman; the Science Coordinator is Francis Wiese.