Dungeness crab is an important part of the Northwest’s seafood heritage. Commercially harvested since the 1800’s, Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable ‘single species’ fishery. The Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research supports research related to this iconic species.
Will White, Sarah Henkel, and Francis Chan have been researching Dungeness crabs under the fund. Dungeness crabs are an important part of the Pacific coast ecosystem and the most valuable resource harvested from Oregon's coastal waters. The Dungeness crab fishery is an iconic part of the coastal economy, and being able to forecast the expected landings in a given year is important to the economics of the fishing fleet. An unknown factor in those predictions is the mortality rate of male crabs in the year before they grow large enough to be harvested. This project will take repeated samples of sub-legal-sized crabs in the spring, summer, and fall, (and make use of samples of crabs in those seasons in past years) to estimate crab mortality leading up to the winter harvest season. The results will improve our ability to forecast landings based on pre-season crab surveys, improving the economic health of the fishery.
With the support of a generous private gift, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Marine Studies Initiative, invites proposals for innovative and potentially transformative research related to biophysical research needed for improved management of Dungeness crab fisheries. This seed funding is available to support faculty and students in any academic or research unit at OSU for research or scholarship support (or combination of both) as long as the project purpose is directly focused on Dungeness crab biology as it relates to the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab fishery.
Previous RFPs included several research areas related to Dungeness crab – see information about projects funded in 2018.
This call is focused on the following research area:
Proposals should be for new research, synthesizing known information from previous studies as appropriate. Proposals that involve the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab fishing community are especially encouraged.
Proposals may include, but are not limited to, research in the following examples areas:
Proposals that involve the Oregon fishing community are especially encouraged.
Proposals are due electronically to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife by January 31, 2020, before 5:00 p.m. PST. Submit an electronic PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Eder Family Dungeness Crab Research Fund proposal”. Decisions will be communicated within approximately two weeks of receipt. Projects may start on February 15, 2020, and may be for 1 or 2 years in duration, including time to report completion.
Individual requests may be up to $50,000 in total (project duration = 1 or 2 years). Formal cost share is not required, but leverage with other funding or institutional support is encouraged. It is anticipated that one or two projects will be funded.
Faculty and students in any academic or research unit at Oregon State University. Proposals that involve the Oregon fishing community are especially encouraged.
All proposals will be reviewed by a team of 3 marine biologists, using a scoring rubric. Conflict of Interest will be evaluated prior to the review process. Comments from reviewers outside OSU may be solicited. Final funding decisions will be made by the Head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife based on reviewer scores and available funds. Please contact Dr. Selina Heppell ([email protected], 541-737-9039) if you would like to discuss your proposed project ideas before submitting a proposal, or if you have questions about the review process.
Your proposal should be based on the outline below. All components listed below are required. Please include the following information: