"Prepared for the State/Federal Dungeness Crab Management Program. May 1974." "One of the initial objectives of the State/Federal Dungeness Crab Management Program is to evaluate crab mortality caused by certain fishery practices. The areas of most concern include mortality caused by trawling, handling of softshell and sublegal crabs, lost pots that continued to fish, and inadequate escape ports in crab traps. A reduction in crab mortality - caused by these factors theoretically could result in increased crab landings. The use of escape ports in crab traps has been discussed in an earlier report (Stewart, 1974). The purpose of this report is to summarize the available information regarding crab mortalities resulting from trawl operations, handling of soft and sublegal crabs, and lost pots." (Introduction)
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