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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded a grant totaling $859,709 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to assist Bering Sea crab fishery managers to bring stocks to optimum yield. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The grant will fund the identification of research activities that will provide fishery managers with information aimed at the effective management of Bering Sea crab stocks. The purpose of the project is to bring population numbers to optimum yield as outlined in the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
“The research supported by this NOAA grant to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will provide valuable information that will help the Bering Sea crab fishery managers promote sustainable development and environmental stewardship,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives like Bering Sea crab fishery development.”
Bering Sea Crab Management will provide support for Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands (BS/AI) crab fishery management activities including review of pre-season data during establishment of harvest levels; collection and assessment of in-season data on effort and catch; issuance of fishery opening and closure announcements; collection of post-season effort and catch data from commercial deliveries; and preparing annual reports on the condition, value and management of the fisheries. Bering Sea Crab Research will support BS/AI crab fishery research principal activities including continuance of rotating, triennial BS/AI king crab pot surveys, continuance of the Bering Sea king crab test fishery research program, maintenance of the BS/AI crab fishery observer database, and continued research on productivity of Bering Sea Tanner and snow crab.
Each year NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA’s goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 34 years.
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