Recent shifts in northern Bering Sea snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) size structure and the potential role of climate-mediated range contraction

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced for the first time that the Bering Sea snow crab season will be closed for 2022-2023 following a 2022 NMFS trawl survey that revealed a 90% reduction in the snow crab population over the past decade. Scientists attribute the dramatic decline in large part to climate change.

[To accompany Agency Update "Alaska Fish and Game Department Closes Bering Sea Snow Crab Season for the First Time" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 161.]