The Associated Press October 4, 2010, 4:20PM ET

Seafood company donates $10,000 for crab research

A California seafood retailer has donated $10,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for king crab research.

Santa Monica Seafood, based in the city of the same name, donated the money to Alaska Sea Grant.

The donation amount was revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. The company had requested the amount be kept private.

The university is a partner in the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program, formed in 2005 to determine whether hatcheries can help rebuild collapsed king crab stocks.

Kodiak Island has not seen red king crab commercial fishery in nearly three decades.

The program is conducting similar research with blue king crab in the hopes of rebuilding depleted blue king crab stocks off the Pribilof Islands.


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