Population assessment of snow crab, Chionoecetes opilio, in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas including oil and gas lease area

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January 2013 - Chukchi Sea results so far presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium  

November 2012 – Updated findings presented at the Annual Review of the Coastal Marine Institute

Fall semester 2012 – SFOS Fisheries undergraduate students Elizabeth Kandror and Kelsie Maslen join the lab. Thanks for the good work!

September/October 2012 – Field work in the Chukchi Sea during the RUSALCA expedition (http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/aro/russian-american/2012/) and in the Beaufort Sea during the Transboundary expedition (http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Environmental_Stewardship/Environmental_Studies/Alaska_Region/Alaska_Studies/BIO_1204.pdf). Chukchi Sea crabs are no doubt much smaller, but more abundant, than Beaufort Sea crabs. Lauren also provided us with more mature females for fecundity work from the Arctic Eis cruise.

Summer 2012 – Big thanks for volunteer Daniela Stoehr for counting endless amounts of snow crab eggs and to technician Carlos Serratos for measuring and dissecting lots of crabs. As off the fall 2012 semester, Carlos is in our lab as a graduate student.

January 2012 – We presented first project results at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium ( http://www.alaskamarinescience.org/agenda.html)

December 2011 – Marine Biology graduate student Lauren Divine (link to http://www.sfos.uaf.edu/mesas/students.php) is working through stable isotope samples that will show the trophic position of snow crabs in the Beaufort Sea benthic system. Image

November 2011 – First findings presented at the Annual Review of the Coastal Marine Institute

October 2011 – Fisheries undergraduate student Colton Lipka supports the lab work in Fairbanks throughout the fall semester.

August/September 2011 – Collecting crab at the Beaufort Sea Fish Survey cruise to the Beaufort Sea shelf. We found snow crabs at 19 of 74 stations sampled at depths of 40-220 m. Mature females with eggs were present but very sparse. A handful of male crabs were larger than 80 mm in carapace width.

Aug 2011 - Training session at ADF&G Kodiak lab (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=contacts.kodiak_building). Thanks to Laura Stichert, Doug Pengilly and Meg Inokuma!


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