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  • Emily Buckner

Winter 2022 ~ Newsletter

The PCRG came together virtually for a two day meeting on January 26th and 27th to share updates, hear research talks, and discuss the group's science and organizational priorities. Highlights included:

  • A presentation of the 2021 larval crab observations from the light trap network

  • An analysis of the fishing effectiveness of crab pots with open vs. closed escape rings for the purpose of adult crab population surveys

  • Updates on the goals for the Crabber and Scientist Exchange program, the expansion of the light trap network in British Columbia (Sentinels of Change program - Hakai Institute), and the start of a Puget Sound Dungeness crab genetics study (collaboration between Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Western Washington University)

  • A talk by Halle Berger (UConn) on her recently published paper "Seasonality and Life History Complexity Determine Vulnerability of Dungeness Crab to Multiple Climate Stressors"

  • An educator panel on different ways partners are integrating PCRG crab research into education and outreach opportunities

  • A talk by Jason Morgan on the research the NW Straits Foundation has been conducting since 2002 to look at the impacts of derelict gear on Dungeness crab populations

  • A 'next steps' discussion around PCRG larval crab data...interested in working with our data set to answer your crab questions? Contact the PCRG Coordinator at

  • The identification of the need for a PCRG centralized database as a top priority

An unusual looking Dungeness crab caught in the San Juan Islands in October 2021. Photo by Brian Allison (PSCA).

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