Studies underway in Norton Sound are trying to gauge the impact of development on area crab stocks.

The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the development of an Arctic deep draft port at Port Clarence and the expansion of Nome’s current port. As part of that process, the corps is studying the potential impact to crabs and benthic fish if dredged material has to be disposed of, and what sites might be best suited for that.

Alaska Pacific University researchers are studying the impacts of suction dredging on Norton Sound red king crab habitat.

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