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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Spot shrimp fishery off the charts good in Puget Sound, and should remain that way in open days ahead

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The spot shrimp fishery started off on a high note, and looks like it should stay that way heading into the next opener this Friday.

“It was good for spot shrimp, participation was up and the weather was decent,” said Rich Childers, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager. “We’re looking forward to another bang up time for the next openers.”

“What we’re seeing in Puget Sound the past few years is an increase for Dungeness crab and spot shrimp like we’ve never seen before,” Childers said. “We don’t know exactly know what is going on, but clearly environmental conditions and survival is way up.”

In crustacean research it only takes a very slight change in survival from larvae to adult like a 100th percent change, and then five years down the line it translates into a huge shift,” Childers said. “Just a fraction of a change will swing it wildly.”

Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay, Port Gardner, Port Susan, northern Puget Sound, central Puget Sound and south central Puget Sound are open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday only.

Hood Canal is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, and May 16, and Discovery Bay is also open on those dates, but from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Neah Bay, Sekiu and Port Angeles are open daily for spot shrimp until Sept. 15 or once the catch quota is achieved. Southern Puget Sound is also open daily until May 31 or once the catch quota is achieved. The San Juan Islands are open this Friday and Saturday, and May 17-19 at 7 a.m. each day.

PRELIMINARY DRAFT OF SPOT SHRIMP HARVEST

Puget Sound Recreational Spot Shrimp Catch Estimates for opening day on May 5 by state Fish and Wildlife. Includes last two year’s catch for comparison.

(Note: Numbers are preliminary, and could change with error checking, additional data, etc. – the “average” recreational boat fishes 3.5 pots (4 is the maximum) and carries 3.2 fishermen on board.)

MA 7 San Juan Islands

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 15,880 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 199 144 133

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 6.2 13.5 7.6

Est. Count per lb 14.7 13.2 15.9

Est. Catch (lbs) 1238 1934 1008

MA 8 Everett/Saratoga

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 11,400 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 371 294 445

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 19.0 16.9 18.0

Est. Count per lb 11.2 12.1 11.5

Est. Catch (lbs) 7084 4957 8063

MA 9 Edmonds/Possession

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 3,900 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 202 127 150

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 19.7 17.7 12.9

Est. Count per lb 13.3 12.4 13.1

Est. Catch (lbs) 3977 2236 1923

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MA 10 Bainbridge Island

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 3,300 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 91 41 108

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 20.4 17.9 16.4

Est. Count per lb 12.7 11.9 13.4

Est. Catch (lbs) 1853 733 1763

MA 10 Elliott Bay

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 2,700 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 116 106 111

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 19.4 17.3 14.5

Est. Count per lb 10.8 11.8 11.4

Est. Catch (lbs) 2248 1838 1610

MA 11 Vashon/Des Moines

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 1,400 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 85 65 99

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 10.8 10.7 4.40

Est. Count per lb 12.4 12.2 12.6

Est. Catch (lbs) 909 685 436

MA 12 Hood Canal

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 85,000 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 1510 1458 1477

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 17.8 14.8 16.0

Est. Count per lb 14.1 14.5 15.2

Est. Catch (lbs) 26899 21634 23674

Discovery Bay Shrimp District

2012 Recreational Spot Shrimp Quota 2,000 pounds

2012 2011 2010

Est. No. Boats Shrimp Fishing 50 43 38

Est. Catch per Boat (lbs) 10.6 10.4 7.5

Est. Count per lb 16.7 17.2 17.8

Est. Catch (lbs) 525 441 285

(Photos courtesy of Ryan Nakata of Mercer Island)

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