Pinto Abalone Dive Transect Monitoring in Select Locations in Southeast Alaska
Pinto abalone surveys conducted summer 2019 across the species’ northernmost range south to the Dixon Entrance and west to Prince of Wales.
The objectives of this review are to establish additional abalone monitoring surveys with contracted help from Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) dive researchers. Expand on the current surveys to better understand pinto abalone population dynamics in Southeast Alaska and to develop the most comprehensive comparison of pinto abalone across their northern-most range to date. Collect data that will amend deficiencies cited in pinto abalone status reviews and, finally, provide managers with a more spatially accurate depiction of these abalone populations. Specifically, we will establish transect surveys in locations in two regions: Prince of Wales and Dixon Entrance, Alaska. Review by: Taylor White & Pete Raimondi, University of California, Santa Cruz