Profile updated on 17 December 2021
Dungies, Market crab
The stock structure of Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) on the Pacific coast of North America is not clear, with studies from Oregon showing no evidence of sub-structuring (O’Malley K, and Roegner C 2013) but studies from British Columbia showed differentiation of several populations (Beacham TD and Supernault J 2008). Further genetic studies with a broader scope are currently underway. Attempts at conducting assessments to inform management measures have been made, but have been affected by very high spatial and temporal variability in life-history timing (Alaska Department of Fish and Game n.d.).