Pribilof Islands blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus) recruitment limitation as a potential bottleneck to rebuilding from overfished status

Welcome to the Pribs Blues Muse! Your central resource to a new marine biology research project focusing on blue king crab of the Pribilof Islands. With major funding provided by the North Pacific Research Board, this project represents a significant first step in addressing the current status of the only overfished stock in the North Pacific, Pribilof Islands Blue King Crab.
Please check back for background and results as they become available and follow our daily adventures through our Daily Muse.

2017 PIBKC Field Sites Map:
Complete representation of 2017 field season. Different events are categorized by color. Zoom into the map to see YouTube videos for some dive (orange) and habitat (green) sites!

2018 PIBKC Field Sites Map:
Updated July 12, 2018 - Representation of continuing 2018 field season. Note similar colors for ease of comparison. Videos will be posted soon!

2019 PIBKC Field Sites Map:
With additional funding and a project extension from NPRB, we bring you the 2019 field season. Stay tuned!
News, Photos, and Social Media

Dr. Gordon Kruse and Elder Greg Fratis Sr.

Dr. Gordon Kruse and Elder Greg Fratis Sr.

PSA_KruseProgram_06302018In collaboration with the Ecosystem Conservation Office (Dr. Lauren Divine and Veronica Padula), we are hosting UAF Fisheries Professor Dr. Gordon Kruse for the June-July holiday and ECO Camp. We organized a public meeting and text-in KUHB Radio program focused on discussion of marine fisheries issues and management across Alaska. Here, Dr. Gordon Kruse and Elder Greg Fratis Sr. discuss fisheries impacts relative to fur seal and Pacific halibut subsistence. Please listen to the audio here!
Dr. Gordon Kruse KUHB Radio Program (0-40min)
Dr. Gordon Kruse KUHB Radio Program (40-80min)
Dr. Gordon Kruse KUHB Radio Program (80-110min)

Diving for answers: Will blue king crab come back in the Pribilofs? Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska
In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good... Story was picked up by Alaska News Nightly, KTOO Juneau, and the Arctic Update: US Arctic Research Commission Daily Email Newsletter.

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Find your Muse with Adult, Juvenile, and Larval Glaucothoe Blue King Crab!