The Dungeness crab is one of the iconic marine species of the Pacific Northwest, contributing ecological, economic, and cultural value to our region. In recent years, a collaborative research group (the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group) formed to investigate lingering questions surrounding this important species and to better connect science to fisheries management. This talk will cover the life history of Dungeness crab, the management of the Dungeness crab fishery, and the goals and mission of the PNW Crab Research Group, before discussing one of the group's major research projects (the Larval Crab Monitoring Network) and the implications of new information emerging from this collaborative effort.
Emily Buckner, PNW Crab Research Group Program Coordinator, Puget Sound Restoration Fund;
Dr. Katelyn Bosely, Puget Sound Crustacean Biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife;
Dr. Elizabeth Tobin, Shellfish Program Manager, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
This talk will be followed by a live demonstration of larval crab monitoring at 9:30-11am on June 22 at the Fort Worden State Park Pier (PTMSC Aquarium). The activity will be led by Emily Buckner, PCRG Program Coordinator, and Ali Redman, PTMSC Aquarium Curator. Registration for that event can be found at https://bit.ly/CrabMonitoring
This program is part of a series co-hosted by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee.