Alaska fisheries biologist John Hilsinger has been named the new science advisor for the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation. Hilsinger — the former interim executive director at the North Pacific Research Board — is taking over for Denby Lloyd, the former Alaska Department of Fish and Game commisioner who helped start the foundation. Lloyd also recently left his post as the fisheries consultant for the City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough to serve as the executive director at the North Pacific Research Board.
Hilsinger is a former Fish and Game biologist and director of commercial fisheries. He received a Master of Science in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The foundation says in a press release that surveys to evaluate the Aleutian crab resource are limited because of distance. Crabber believe that fixed harvest caps are too conservative and that a sustainable catch could exist even with higher harvest caps.
“This is a great opportunity to learn more about these crab and build a sustainable management regime,” Hilsinger said in a statement.