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Chilean scientists visit AKCRRAB, David Christie retires

Ivan Cañete and Javier Diaz of Chile, with Ginny Eckert, on a weekend excursion during their visit to Alaska.

Ivan Cañete and Javier Diaz of Chile, with Ginny Eckert, on a weekend excursion during their visit to Alaska.

PHOTO: Courtesy of AKCRRAB

During June 6–19 Ivan Cañete and Javier Diaz, both faculty at the University of Magellanes in Punta Arenas, Chile, visited Juneau and Seward to learn more about AKCRRAB and king crab research in Alaska. Mr. Cañete and Dr. Diaz are studying king crab in Chile, known as centolla (Lithodes santolla) and centollón (Paralomis granulosa). They are particularly interested in recruitment of juvenile king crab and would like to adopt techniques used in Alaska to collect newly settled king crab, to study population dynamics of the commercially important species. The king crab fishery in Chile has many parallels to Alaska, and in recent years has had a harvest similar to the Bristol Bay red king crab stock, about 5,000 tons per year. Concern in Chile about the health of king crab stocks has generated interest in hatchery culture of king crab. The visit was very informative for both Chilean and Alaskan scientists, and was a great opportunity to learn about king crab research activities in other parts of the world. Travel was sponsored by the Chilean science-funding agency CONICYT, and several AKCRRAB participants hosted the scientists during their visit.

The AKCRRAB team would like to thank Alaska Sea Grant Director David Christie for his involvement since 2008, including co-chairing the AKCRRAB steering committee. David retires from the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the end of June 2013. We wish him luck on his new adventures in Corvallis, Oregon. The AKCRRAB team looks forward to continued engagement with Alaska Sea Grant—Dr. Ginny Eckert will become the new associate director for research with Alaska Sea Grant and will co-chair the AKCRRAB group with Heather McCarty.

News Flash is edited by Asia Beder and Ginny Eckert. AKCRRAB is a research and rehabilitation project sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, NOAA Fisheries, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, community groups, and industry members.

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