NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resource. Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation reports are conducted annually to support decision makers at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council regarding catch quota decisions.
Marine Mammal Assessments
NOAA Fisheries annually prepares marine mammal stock assessment reports for all marine mammals in U.S. waters.
Each year we conduct a bottom trawl survey to assess the distribution and abundance of commercially important crab resources in the eastern Bering Sea. Periodic surveys are also conducted in the northern Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea. We collect biological information including sexual maturity, disease prevalence, condition, and size. We also regularly collaborate with the commercial fishing industry to improve our survey methods to produce the best estimates we can. This information is used for various studies on crab growth and reproduction and to help us estimate crab population size to better predict how many crab will be available to support future fisheries.