Juvenile Blue King Crabs Shipped from Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery for Research
As part of the AKCRRAB program, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery shipped 1,500 juvenile blue king crabs to the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center Behavioral Ecology Lab in Newport, Oregon, and to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau Center.
Since AKCRRAB began in 2006, many thousands of juvenile red and blue king crabs in multiple batches have been shipped to laboratories to advance juvenile king crab biological research. A major benefit of developing techniques for large-scale hatchery culture is the ability to supply scientists with research animals.
This reduces the need to collect from wild king crab populations and allows for experiments that would not be possible otherwise. As a result of successful hatchery production, much is being learned about king crab early life history including behavior, habitat requirements, and growth physiology. The juvenile blue king crabs shipped this spring will be used to evaluate growth rates and develop tagging techniques.