National Fisherman

The first experimental release of hatchery-reared red king crab in Alaska has been completed, state researchers announced.
The juvenile crab, from broodstock -- egged females -- collected at Alitak Bay, Kodiak Island, were reared at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and transported to the NOAA Kodiak Laboratory.
They were released at Cozy Cove near the village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island Sept. 25. The site was selected because it is well sheltered with plenty of red king crab habitat.
While the reintroduction might lead some to believe this is the start of restoring the once-plentiful Kodiak king crab fishery, Bob Foy, laboratory director for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center Kodiak laboratory, told Alaska Dispatch in August the project is a long way from claiming that.
“This is just an experiment, not a stocking effort,” Foy said from Kodiak on Monday.
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Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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