Fishlines newsletter

Vol. 29, No. 10
October 2009

Chuck Crapo Gains Accolades

Chuck Crapo with Paula Cullenberg Paula Cullenberg congratulates award recipient Chuck Crapo. D. Mercy photo.

Alaska Sea Grant seafood technology specialist, Chuck Crapo, has received two prestigious international awards for his accomplishments in the seafood industry. The Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference bestowed the 2009 Earl P. McFee award on Crapo for his dedication to seafood science and technology transfer to the public and industry. Crapo was also presented with the International Association of Fish Inspectors Award for his exceptional outreach and service to the industry.

Crapo began his career as a seafood quality control manager, and joined UAF in 1983. He has assisted entrepreneurs in developing new products, improved quality standards for Alaska-caught seafood, helped seafood processing companies worldwide develop and test new seafood products and processing techniques, and published numerous studies. He has also trained thousands of seafood workers in procedures to meet state and federal standards for seafood safety and quality.

The McFee Award was announced at the 3rd Joint Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference, in Copenhagen, and the IAFI Award was made public at the World Seafood Congress in Agadir, Morocco. Having missed both meetings, Crapo was honored for the awards by Paula Cullenberg and other faculty during the annual Marine Advisory Program meeting in early October in Bethel.

ZooImage, a Tool to Rapidly Process Zooplankton

Zooplankton Amphipods from the North Pacific Ocean. R. Hopcroft photo.

Alaska Sea Grant–funded student Jenefer Bell recently defended her thesis, The Interannual Variability of Zooplankton within Prince William Sound, Alaska: Assessment of the ZooImage System as a Tool for Optimizing Juvenile Pink Salmon Releases. Bell is an M.S. candidate in marine biology at SFOS, advised by Russ Hopcroft.

Bell’s research concludes that ZooImage, a computer-assisted imaging system, is effective for quickly examining preserved zooplankton samples, providing ecological information in hours, rather than days as needed for standard volumetric methods.

Using ZooImage, Bell evaluated a backlog of zooplankton samples from two salmon hatcheries in Prince William Sound for species composition, abundance, and biomass. Her work showed positive correlations between salmon survival and abundances of euphausiids, amphipods, larvaceans, and barnacles. Also, salmon survival was positively correlated to the total seasonal abundance of zooplankton. Understanding the feeding environment of juvenile pink salmon when they first enter the ocean may allow hatcheries to release smolts at times when zooplankton conditions are most favorable for survival.

VISTA Volunteer Joins Alaska Sea Grant

AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer Stefanie Benca joined the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in September. A public health graduate from Johns Hopkins University, Benca will spend a year in Anchorage coordinating the Alaska Marine Science and Fisheries Career Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to engage Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans in education programs leading to professional careers in fisheries and marine sciences. Benca will also take on the Future Alaskans in Fisheries and Marine Science Web site (, and work with the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Recruitment and Retention Office.

Benca selected Alaska as a destination because of her strong interest in fisheries, marine biology, and energy. "The overall motivation behind Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program sealed the deal—I decided to take a break between my undergraduate and graduate years to fine tune my interests," she said. Benca wants to pursue a graduate degree, and plans to apply to the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in spring 2010.

New Book on Squids and Octopods

Book cover

Alaska Sea Grant just published the book Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. The 100 page guide features a key to 44 species, is well illustrated with drawings, color photos, and maps, and is printed on waterproof paper.

"A gaping hole in our knowledge has been filled with an interesting and useful work. It will be invaluable for fishery biologists, ecologists, commercial fishermen, and recreational fishers and divers," said Clyde Roper, world-renowned cephalopod expert at the Smithsonian Institution.
Author Elaina Jorgensen is a fisheries scientist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, where she has worked on cephalopods for more than 10 years. To order a copy of the book, please see

Mapping Publication Is Notable Document

The publication Marine Habitat Mapping Technology for Alaska, edited by J. Reynolds and H.G. Greene and published by Alaska Sea Grant, was listed by the American Library Association as one of the 2008 Best Notable Government Documents (

Symposium on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Wakefield Symposium

Alaska Sea Grant announces a call for papers for the 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium—Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, November 8-11, 2010.

Fishery scientists, managers, and stakeholders are invited to share insights on ecosystem-based fisheries management. EBFM aims to balance diverse societal objectives by taking into account the biotic, abiotic, and human components of ecosystems and their interactions, and applying an integrated approach to fisheries management within ecologically meaningful boundaries.

The goals of Ecosystems 2010 are (1) to evaluate global progress in ecosystem-based fisheries management, by reviewing regional case studies, newly developed analytical tools, and practical approaches to management; and (2) to provide practical advice for improved EBFM implementation.

Steering committee members for the symposium are Gordon Kruse (chair), UAF SFOS; Howard Browman, ICES, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway; Kevern Cochrane, FAO; Diana Evans, North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Glen Jamieson, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Patricia Livingston, National Marine Fisheries Service; Douglas Woodby, Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Chang-Ik Zhang, PICES, Pukyong National University, Republic of Korea.

Abstracts are due June 4, 2010. For more information see