BSFRF Wraps up Majority of 2017 Field Season
The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation (BSFRF) is a nonprofit, industry funded cooperative research organization which conducts and supports a variety of projects focusing on commercially important crab species. This year’s field season and data collection/analyses has mostly wrapped up with two successful surveys in the Bering Sea; one collecting juvenile Tanner and snow crab for a growth experiment at the Kodiak National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) labs, and the larger scale side-by-side crab trawl selectivity study done in conjunction with NMFS. BSFRF contracted personnel managed the science parties throughout the field season, working at-sea alongside biologists, and ADF&G and NMFS scientists. A final field project for the year will be conducted as a new tagging technology test is completed in November off of Westport, Washington. The cooperative surveys and other field projects are a critical part of crab research and management given current status of commercial crab stocks in the Bering Sea.
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