Alaska Crab Stock Enhancement and Rehabilitation: Workshop Proceedings

12/19/2006

Contact: Kathy Kurtenbach, Publications Marketing Coordinator, k.kurtenbach@uaf.edu, 907-474-7476
NR: SG-2006/NR248

Fairbanks, Alaska—While several Alaska crab stocks are healthy and sustain lucrative commercial fisheries, Kodiak red king crab and Pribilof blue king crab stocks have remained small for years, and fishing seasons for these stocks have been closed.

Calls to develop a king crab hatchery system to jump-start stock recovery have waxed and waned since the 1990s. At the March 2006 Kodiak workshop entitled Alaska Crab Stock Enhancement and Rehabilitation, scientists, managers, and commercial crab fishermen heard from an array of international experts who led crab research and enhancement efforts. Speakers explained their programs and the lessons learned during talks focused on the challenges and potential of crab enhancement in Alaska. Experts also discussed social and economic issues posed by crab enhancement and heard perspectives from commercial crab fishermen, seafood processors, and industry associations.

Following the workshop, the Alaska Sea Grant Program launched the Alaska King Crab Research and Rehabilitation Program to better understand the mass-culturing needs of blue and red king crab.

The proceedings of this watershed workshop are now available from Alaska Sea Grant:

Alaska Crab Stock Enhancement and Rehabilitation: Workshop Proceedings
Bradley G. Stevens (editor)
Softcover, $10.00, 94 pp.
AK-SG-06-04
ISBN 156612-112-4

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