In this class, students will learn about the complex nature of the Puget Sound Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) fishery.
Instructors Katelyn Bosley and Don Velasquez will provide an overview of the biology and ecology of Dungeness crab, discuss current harvest practices and explain how rules and regulations are used to manage the resource throughout Puget Sound.
In addition, the instructors will present data from several current research projects that have been developed to improve understanding of the population dynamics of the species and facilitate the conservation and management of the resource. Students will complete the class with an understanding of crab biology, proper gear rigging and how fishery seasons are structured. Class participants will also learn about the work being done to reduce the prevalence of derelict crab gear in Puget Sound.