It’s almost time to break out the shrimp pots.
In a little less than a month from now the spot shrimp seasons in many marine areas including Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca begin in earnest, and the outlook should be good.
The daily limit is 80 spot shrimp per person.
Here is a breakdown of dates specific areas will be open:
Hood Canal (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7, 11, 14 and 25. Additional dates and times may be announced if sufficient quota remains.
Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open May 7, 11 and 14 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains.
Neah Bay (Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), Sekiu (5), Port Angeles area (6) and southern Puget Sound 13 (excluding shrimp districts): Open daily beginning May 7 at 7 a.m. The spot shrimp season closes when quota is attained or Sept 15, whichever comes first, except for Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.
San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7): Opens May 7 at 7 a.m. and will be open May 11, 13, 14, 25 and 28. Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains. The season for coonstripe and pink shrimp (with area and depth restrictions) runs daily from June 1 through Oct. 15.
Saratoga Passage, Northern Puget Sound and Central Puget Sound (Marine Areas 8, 9, and 10): Open May 7 and May 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains.
South central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11, extending from the northern tip of Vashon Island to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 only.