Dungeness crab research program: Report for the Year 1976

Orcutt, Harold G. and Tasto, Robert N. and Wild, Paul W. and Haugen, Charles W. and Ebert, Earl E. (1976) Dungeness crab research program: Report for the Year 1976. Menlo Park, CA, California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Resources Region, (Marine Resources Administrative Report, 76-15)

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Abstract

All larval stages of the 1976 year class, with the exception of the 5th zoeal stage, were found in Gu1f waters January through March. The first post-larval stage was collected in San Pablo Bay in May. Fifty percent of 1976 year class crabs entered the Bay complex as compared to nearly 80% in 1975. The 1976 year class appears relatively weak. No electrophoretic polymorphism was found in Cancer magister to be of value in Dungeness crab population determinations. Multi-variate correlations comparing crab landings with an array of oceanographic parameters and the crab density dependent factor were computer-run for both northern and central California. The most significant correlating factors at the time late stage larvae prevail were sea level and atmospheric pressure for central California and, for northern California, the density dependent factor and sea surface temperature. Female crabs held at controlled temperatures indicated gonad maturation and spawning may be induced by increased temperature. Analyses of crab tissues revealed burdens of petroleum hydrocarbons, silver, selenium, cadmium, and PCB's higher in central California crabs, while DDE was found in higher amounts in northern California crab tissue. Thru-flow culture systems were developed which should yield about 163 megalopae of Dungeness crabs in 63 days from 1,200 laboratory hatched zoeae.(46pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Dungeness crab research program: Report for the Year 1976
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Orcutt, Harold G.
Tasto, Robert N.
Wild, Paul W.
Haugen, Charles W.
Ebert, Earl E.
Series Name: Marine Resources Administrative Report
Number: 76-15
Date: 1976
Publisher: California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Resources Region
Place of Publication: Menlo Park, CA
Issuing Agency: California Department of Fish and Game
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dungeness crab; California; Cancer magister; fisheries
Subjects: Fisheries
Biology
Item ID: 186
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2007 11:46
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:23
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/186

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