Posted: August 13, 2013 | By: James Brooks [Kodiak Daily Mirror]
KODIAK, Alaska — A big test has never looked so small.
Swimming in a pair of plastic tanks within the first floor of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center are 13,000 red king crab, each no bigger than half a pinky fingernail.
In three weeks, the first of these crab will be released into the ocean, marking the first time hatchery-raised Alaska king crab have been introduced into the wild, the Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://bit.ly/143DuWx) reports.
"It's certainly an exciting step; I'm waiting with bated breath to see what happens," said Ginny Eckert, associate professor of fisheries for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and science director of the AKCRRAB project.
In 2006, scientists from around the world gathered in Kodiak for a symposium. Their mission: Figure out how to raise king crab in a hatchery, like salmon.
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