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Student Documentary On Crab Is A Winner


Kodiak High School freshman Marina Cummiskey, with her dad, Pete Cummiskey, a research fisheries biologist with NOAA Fisheries at Kodiak, holding a golden king crab. Photo courtesy of The Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology program.

A documentary film on crab produced and edited by a high school freshman from Kodiak, Alaska, has won the Youth Award for "Best Treatment of a Complicated Subject" in the Alaska Ocean Observing System film competition.

Marina Cummiskey, of Kodiak High School, included in the documentary footage from the first 2013 experimental release of hatchery-raised red king crab into waters in the Kodiak area. She also used photos, underwater video, and interviews with research divers to educate viewers about concerns with red king crab fisheries, the release experiment, and future plans for red king crab research.

Her father, Pete Cummiskey, is a research fisheries biologist with NOAA Fisheries at Kodiak.

Contest rules dictated that entries were limited to 10 minutes or less, and had to address an aspect of Alaska's marine environment, issues and inhabitants.

The documentary, which was shown at the 2014 Alaska Interagency crab Meeting and the 2015 Alaska Marine Science Symposium, can be viewed online at

The crab studies are conducted as part of the Alaska King crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology program, sponsored by community groups, industry members, NOAA Fisheries, The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries, and Alaska Sea Grant.

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