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Unalaska: Golden King Crab Model Under Development

By Stephanie Joyce
2:16PM Mon January 16, 2012

Scientists made progress last week on a model that will help estimate the population of Aleutian Islands golden king crab.

When it’s finished, the model will let fisheries managers decide each year how much crab can be harvested sustainably.  That could translate into millions of dollars of additional revenue or cuts for the fishery, depending on what the model shows.

Right now, the State Board of Fisheries sets the golden king crab harvest in regulation, as opposed to annually.  It's hovered around 6 million pounds for the last decade.

Doug Pengilly is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  He’s working on the...