DNA data will improve coastal fisheries management

The Cordova Times

Federal fisheries officials say a long-term environmental DNA research project will offer better understanding of nearshore habitats for fish and crab in Alaska and help support sustainable fisheries management.

Resource managers at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are all interested in this project for its potential to identify coastal habitat critical to fish and crab and to offer information vital for sustainable coastal development and resource management decisions.

The project initially was a 2020 pilot study that identified over 40 species at nine sites around Juneau. Plans now are to conduct eDNA sampling in many other areas, including Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Baranof Island, and offshore habits in the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands and the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

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