History of Alaska Red King Crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, Bottom Trawl Surveys, 1940–61

Zimmermann, Mark and Dew, C Braxton and Malley, Beverly A. (2009) History of Alaska Red King Crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, Bottom Trawl Surveys, 1940–61. Marine Fisheries Review, 71(1), pp. 1-22.

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Abstract

Thirteen bottom trawl surveys conducted in Alaska waters for red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, during 1940–61 are largely forgotten today even though they helped define our current knowledge of this resource. Government publications on six exploratory surveys (1940–49, 1957) included sample locations and some catch composition data, but these documents are rarely referenced. Only brief summaries of the other seven annual (1955–61) grid-patterned trawl surveys from the eastern Bering Sea were published. Although there have been interruptions in sampling and some changes in the trawl survey methods, a version of this grid-patterned survey continues through the present day, making it one of the oldest bottom-trawl surveys in U.S. waters. Unfortunately, many of the specific findings made during these early efforts have been lost to the research community. Here, we report on the methods, results, and significance of these early surveys, which were collated from published reports and the unpublished original data sheets so that researchers might begin incorporating this information into stock assessments, ecosystem trend analyses, and perhaps even revise the baseline population distribution and abundance estimates.

Item Type: Article
Title: History of Alaska Red King Crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, Bottom Trawl Surveys, 1940–61
Personal Creator/Author:
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Zimmermann, Mark
Dew, C Braxton
Malley, Beverly A.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 71
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-22
Date: 2009
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9691
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:41
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 14:07
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9691

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