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May 12, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Shrimp fisheries to close in most of Puget Sound

Well it looks like the sport shrimp fishery will be shutting down in many parts of Puget Sound.

The sport shrimp fishery will close immediately in Marine Area 8 (eastern Whidbey Island/Saratoga Passage)

The north/central portion of Marine Area 7, which includes all waters north of a line from the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island to Point Colville on Lopez Island, then north of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then north of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island to the international boundary, will close Friday evening.

The southern portion of Marine Area 7 (Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank areas), which is all waters of Marine Area 7 south of the above boundary, will remain open until Saturday evening, after that all waters of Marine Area 7 will remain closed until the non-spot shrimp season opens in June.

Sport shrimp anglers will get one more day to fish on Hood Cana from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 16.

The four-day Hood Canal season was originally scheduled to be open May 2-13, on Saturdays and Wednesdays only.

“Enough quota remains in Hood Canal to offer shrimpers some more time on the water,” said Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Since the opener, shrimpers have pulled in 57,500 pounds of prawns from Hood Canal. The 2009 quota for the area is 85,000 pounds. Other areas closed to spot shrimp fishing include marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 11 (Vashon Island/Tacoma).

Marine areas 7, 8, 9 and 11 will remain closed until June 1 when the non-spot shrimp season opens.

Waters still open to spot shrimp fishing include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca) and 13 (south Puget Sound).

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