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Bait Types for Dungeness Crab

Bait Types for Dungeness Crab

Project Details

Funding Sources

  • URECA: $762

Abstract

The goal of this project is to conduct a study aimed at understanding and comparing the effectiveness of bait types used for catching Dungeness crabs. This project was initiated in September of 2010 as part of a University of Alaska Southeast Biology Program's Field Research in Behavior and Ecology course. I compared three bait types (salmon carcasses, herring and dog food) in their relative effectiveness at catching Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) in Echo Cove, Alaska. My objective is to investigate two hypotheses in the spring/summer of 2010 in Echo Cove: 1) bait herring catches have a greater composition of retainable crabs than salmon carcass catches and bait clam catches, and 2) increasing ring soak-time produces a greater composition of retainable crabs in a catch. The study will culminate with the contribution of novel research to the scientific community in the form of a scientific paper suitable to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, a poster will be prepared for display on campus.