As the blue king crab population crashes, fishermen on St. Paul Island face more restrictions to reduce bycatch. But the rules to protect the crab also make it difficult to do research on the species.
For many Alaskans, subsistence is all about salmon. In St. Paul, that isn’t the case. Fur seals and seabirds are the primary subsistence foods in the Pribilof Island community, but the tribal council thinks enhancing a small salmon run on the island could provide food and a lot more.
Understanding how northern fur seals respond to changes in the distribution and abundance of fish could explain the mysterious decline of fur seals in the Pribilof Islands.
Premiere Wednesday, July 24 – Captain Dave Shoemaker’s account of the crisis on the F/V Galaxy ranks as one of the great stories of sea survival.