The Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group formed in response to pressing research needs for the Dungeness crab fishery in Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest region. Broadly the group's goals are to pursue collaborative research to:
Monitor crab populations and develop tools to forecast crab abundance;
Better understand and sustain the ecological role of crab;
Produce information addressing multiple critical data gaps for Dungeness crab.
In order to recognize these goals, the group determined specific priority research questions to guide research planning and efforts.
APPLICATION TO MANAGEMENT
The Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group's seeks to tailor its research to best inform fisheries managers in the promotion of Dungeness crab sustainability. The group determined management themes to guide the application of potential research projects taken on by the PCRG in the future.