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June 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

More fishing time for spot shrimp in San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound

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More time to fish for those tasty prawn-sized spot shrimp are on the horizon in the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound after state Fish and Wildlife determined that enough remained in the catch quota.

“It has been a pretty good season catch wise, but effort has been down, and that might be partially due to higher gas prices and weather of course,” said Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife shrimp biologist in La Conner.

The reason for opening northern Puget Sound is because when you add up the sport spot shrimp catch quota for all of Marine Catch Areas 8, 9, 10 and 11 there was still about 1,600 pounds left to catch. Since Area 9 never reopened last month it was decided that enough remained to open it just for another day.

The San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) will be open on Wednesday, June 22 from an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset; and northern Puget Sound/Admiralty Inlet (Marine Catch Area 9) will be open Wednesday, June 22 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. only.

The southern portion of the San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) will reopen Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25.

The southern portion of Marine Catch Area 7 is south of a line from the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island (which is the eastern boundary between marine areas 6 and 7) to Point Colville on Lopez Island, then south of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then south of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island to the international boundary.

This area includes the Iceberg Point, Salmon Bank and McArthur Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

The Hood Canal spot shrimp fishery is open Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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