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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Spot shrimp season begins May 3, and here are comparisons on how past seasons fared

bigshrimpinAs the sport spot shrimp fisheries is set to begin in most areas of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Hood Canal, here’s a look at how success was during the openers last season compared to 2012:

(Note: The average sport boat will fish with 3.5 pots – maximum is four pots – and carries an average of 3.3 anglers.)

San Juan Island (Marine Area 7 East and West had a sport quota of 40,500 pounds in 2013): 183 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 107 on May 5 in 2012 averaged 10.4 pounds per boat up from 4.4 pounds in 2012; and a total of 1,912 pounds compared to 470 pounds in 2012.

San Juan Island (Marine Area 7 South had a sport quota of  13,000 pounds in 2013): 98 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 92 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 10.8 pounds up from 9.9 pounds in 2012; and a total of 1,056 pounds up from 914 pounds in 2012.

Everett/Saratoga Pass (Marine Area 8 had a sport quota of 19,000 pounds in 2013): 510 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 373 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 18.6 pounds the same as on May 5 in 2012; and 410 boats averaged 18.3 pounds on May 5 in 2013; and a total of 9,457 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 7,577 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 6,933 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Northern Puget Sound (Marine Area 9 had a sport quota of 6,009 pounds in 2013): 283 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 202 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 16.7 pounds down from 19.6 pounds in 2012; and 182 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 16.6 pounds; and a total of 4,730 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 3,017 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 3,971 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Central Puget Sound (Marine Area 10 had a sport quota of 5,500 pounds in 2013): 119 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 91 on May 5 in 2012 averaged 17.4 pounds down from 20.9 pounds in 2012; and 67 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 16.8 pounds; and a total of 2,060 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 1,125 pounds on May 5 in 2013 compared to 1,898 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Elliott Bay (Sub-Marine Area 10 had a sport quota of 4,500 pounds in 2013): 161 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 116 on May 5 in 2012 averaged 18.9 pounds down from 19.3 pounds in 2012; and 101 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 18.3 pounds; and a total of 3,041 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 1,845 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 2,241 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

South-Central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11 had a sport quota of 2,500 pounds in 2013): 65 boats on May 4 in 2013 down from 85 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 10.2 pounds up from 8.1 pounds in 2012; and 60 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 10.8 pounds; and a total of 867 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 646 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 685 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12 had a sport quota of 92,368 pounds in 2013): 1,722 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 1,510 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 18.0 pounds up from 17.8 pounds on May 5 in 2012; and 1,101 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 17.5 pounds; and a total of 31,005 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 19,231 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 26,889 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Sub-Marine Area 6 had a sport quota of 2,000 pounds in 2013): 79 boats on May 4 in 2013 up from 50 boats on May 5 in 2012 averaged 12.5 pounds up from 10.2 pounds on May 5 in 2012; and 27 boats on May 8 in 2013 averaged 9.8 pounds; and a total of 987 pounds on May 4 in 2013 and 261 pounds on May 8 in 2013 compared to 505 pounds on May 5 in 2012.

Here is a breakdown on the sport spot shrimp catch per boat average in pounds from 2002 to 2013:

(Note: The average sport boat will fish with 3.5 pots – maximum is four pots – and carries an average of 3.3 anglers.)

San Juan Island (Marine Area 7 East and West): 12.1 pounds in 2013; 8.5 in 2012; 12.7 in 2011; 9.9 in 2010; 11.2 in 2009; 10.4 in 2008; 10.6 in 2007; 11.4 in 2006; 9.1 in 2005; 6.9 in 2004; 10.4 in 2003; and 11.1 in 2002.

San Juan Island (Marina Area 7 South): 17.4 pounds in 2013; 14.4 in 2012; 15.0 in 2011; 10.2 in 2010; 15.8 in 2009; 15.3 in 2008; 16.2 in 2007; 15.4 in 2006; 14.4 in 2005; 6.9 in 2004; 10.4 in 2003; and 11.1 in 2002.

Everett/Saratoga Pass (Marine Area 8): 17.9 pounds in 2013; 17.9 in 2012; 17.9 in 2011; 16.2 in 2010; 16.0 in 2009; 14.5 in 2008; 16.3 in 2007; 14.2 in 2006; 10.8 in 2005; 9.2 in 2004; 9.3 in 2003; and 8.3 in 2002.

Northern Puget Sound (Marine Area 9): 16.8 pounds in 2013; 18.2 in 2012; 13.7 in 2011; 12.8 in 2010; 16.6 in 2009; 13.4 in 2008; 14.3 in 2007; 14.3 in 2006; 16.9 in 2005; 9.2 in 2004; 12.1 in 2003; and 6.7 in 2002.

Central Puget Sound (Marine Area 10): 16.5 pounds in 2013; 17.8 in 2012; 16.3 in 2011; 14.2 in 2010; 16.2 in 2009; 10.7 in 2008; 10.4 in 2007; 14.7 in 2006; 12.3 in 2005; 21.4 in 2004; 12.0 in 2003; and 7.2 in 2002.

Elliott Bay (Sub-Marine Area 10): 19.6 pounds in 2013; 18.8 in 2012; 14.8 in 2011; 13.6 in 2010; 14.5 in 2009; 15.8 in 2008; 13.6 in 2007; 14.7 in 2006; 14.9 in 2005; 13.7 in 2004; 12.0 in 2003; and 13.2 in 2002.

South-Central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11): 10.2 pounds in 2013; 8.2 in 2012; 9.4 in 2011; 4.5 in 2010; 13.9 in 2009; 11.2 in 2008; 10.0 in 2007; 10.7 in 2006; 14.2 in 2005; no data in 2004; 11.7 in 2003; and 0.0 in 2002.

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12): 17.0 pounds in 2013; 16.6 in 2012; 15.0 in 2011; 15.8 in 2010; 15.1 in 2009; 13.3 in 2008; 12.6 in 2007; 15.8 in 2006; 15.1 in 2005; 14.0 in 2004; 16.1 in 2003; and 16.1 in 2002.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Sub-Marine Area 6): 11.1 pounds in 2013; 7.3 in 2012; 10.2 in 2011; 10.5 in 2010; closed in 2009; closed in 2008; closed in 2007; closed in 2006; 10.5 in 2005; 10.9 in 2004; 13.3 in 2003; and 8.1 in 2002.

In all marine areas, the daily limit is 80 spot shrimp per person. For more details, map areas and rules, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

 

 

 

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