Alaska Current


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Alaska Current

[ə′las·kə ′kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
A current that flows northwestward and westward along the coasts of Canada and Alaska to the Aleutian Islands.

Alaska Current

 

the northern branch of the North Pacific Current, in the northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean. The Alaska Current runs from south to north and then from east to west in the Gulf of Alaska. It enters the Bering Sea through the eastern straits of the Aleutian Islands. It has a speed of from 0.9 to 1.9 km/hr. Water temperature varies from 2°C to 7°C in February and from 10°C to 15°C in August. The Alaska Current is part of the Kuroshio system of warm currents.

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The Alaska Current moves north and northwestward on a broad front through the eastern Gulf of Alaska, flowing over the GOA seamounts and up the eastern Gulf coast along the shelf break toward the head of the Gulf (Fig.
Sablefish leaving the seamounts would be carried by the same current, here known as the Alaska Current, back to the continental slope.
After the editors introduce the objectives of the study, contributors give a brief history of the ocean ecology of salmon in the northeast Pacific Ocean, compare coastal distributions of juvenile salmon from central California to the northern Gulf of Alaska, describe stock-specific migrations of juvenile coho derived from coded-wire tag recoveries, describe epipelagic fish assemblages in the neritic waters of the California and Alaska Currents, analyze motile salmon lice, compare feeding patterns, describe regional variations in the marine growth and energy accumulation of juvenile Chinook and coho, and give mortality rates for chum salmon during their early life in the open sea.

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