The Life and Times of Dungeness Crabs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Life history of Dungeness crabs; distribution of Dungeness crabs throughout Glacier Bay; animal ecology; the effectiveness of a marine preserve for protecting species, such as Dungeness crab; special adaptations to a marine environment
Dungeness crabs are an important benthic species of Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay was closed in 1999 to all commercial fishing of Dungeness crabs because of the possibility of a collapse of Alaska's Dungeness fisheries. Preliminary studies indicate that this closure will increase the size and abundance of this important species, as well as improve its genetic biodiversity.
What factors are important to maintaining a strong population of Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska?