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Hatchery King Crab Prepared for Ocean Release
The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is preparing to say goodbye to thousands of red king crab hatchlings.
KODIAK- The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is preparing to say goodbye to thousands of red king crab hatchlings.
The center in about three weeks will release 13,000 tiny red king crabs, the first time Alaska king crab raised in hatchery will be introduced into the wild.
The Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program grew out of a 2006 symposium that focused on ways to rebuild Kodiak's crab fishery.
Kodiak fishermen in 1966 caught 94.4 million pounds of crab but in Kodiak the species has diminished locally. There's been no commercial king crab fishery since 1983.
Kodiak research center lab director Bob Foy says the hatchlings will be taken to a location off Old Harbor and released.
Divers will monitor the stocking site weekly.
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