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May 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Despite stormy weather, Saturday’s spot shrimp opener generates good catches

SpotShrimpRyan1Here are the 2014 Puget Sound Recreational Spot Shrimp Catch Estimates for May 3 opener:

(Note: Numbers are preliminary and could change with error checking, additional data, etc. Also there is some “rounding error” on the numbers provided.  The “average” recreational boat fishes 3.5 pots (four is the maximum) and carries 3.3 fishermen on board.)

Everett/Saratoga Pass, Marine Catch Area 8 (19,000 pounds is recreational quota in 2014, compared to 18,000 in 2013):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 524 in 2014, 510 in 2013 and 373 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 11.0 in 2014, 18.6 in 2013 and 18.6 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 11.6 in 2014, 12.5 in 2013 and 11.5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 5,683 in 2014, 9,457 in 2013 and 6,933 in 2012.

Northern Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 9 (5,600 compared to 6,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 164 in 2014, 283 in 2013 and 202 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 17.3 in 2014, 16.7 in 2013 and 19.6 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 13.9 in 2014, 14.6 in 2013 and 13.3 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 2,827 in 2014, 4,730 in 2013 and 3,971 in 2012.

Central Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 10 (5,500 compared to 5,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 159 in 2014, 119 in 2013 and 91 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 17.7 in 2014, 17.4 in 2013 and 20.9 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.5 in 2014, 12.3 in 2013 and 12.4 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 2,815 in 2014, 2,060 in 2013 and 1,898 in 2012.

Elliott Bay, Marine Catch Area 10 (3,800 compared to 4,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 160 in 2014, 161 in 2013 and 116 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 19.8 in 2014, 18.9 in 2013 and 19.3 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 11.4 in 2014, 10.2 in 2013 and 10.8 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 3,167 n 2014, 3,041 in 2013 and 2,241 in 2012.

South central Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 11 (2,500 compared to 2,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 91 in 2014, 87 in 2013 and 85 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 12.5 in 2014, 10.6 in 2013 and 8.1 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.7 in 2014, 12.9 in 2013 and 16.4 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,138 in 2014, 917 in 2013 and 685 in 2012.

Hood Canal, Marine Catch Area 12 (90,000 compared 95,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 1,552 in 2014, 1,722 in 2013 and 1,510 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 17.6 in 2014, 18.0 in 2013 and 17.8 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 13.9 in 2014, 13.9 in 2013 and 14.1 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 27,321 in 2014, 31,005 in 2013 and 26,889 in 2012.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (1,600 compared to 2,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 46 in 2014, 79 in 2013 and 50 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 9,0 in 2014, 12.5 in 2013 and 10.2 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 15.4, in 2014, 16.6 in 2013 and 17.4 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 416 in 2014, 987 in 2013 and 505 in 2012.

San Juan Island East and West, Marine Catch Areas 7 (32,00 compared to 40,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 100 in 2014, 183 in 2013 and 107 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 11.1 in 2014, 10.4 in 2013 and 4.4 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.2 in 2014, 11.6 in 2013 and 11.7 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,112 in 2014, 1,912 in 2013 and 470 in 2012.

San Juan Island South, Marine Catch Areas 7 (13,000 compared to 13,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 67 in 2014, 98 in 2013 and 92 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 17.1 in 2014, 10.8 in 2013 and 9.9 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.1 in 2014, 11.5 in 2013 and 12.6 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,149 in 2014, 1,056 in 2013 and 914 in 2012.

Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, Marine Catch Area 6 (16,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 25 in 2014.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 9.1 in 2014.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.3 in 2014.

Estimated catch in pounds: 227 in 2014.

Here is a breakdown of the sport spot shrimp fishing seasons:

Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7, 10 and 21.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7, 10 and 21.

Neah Bay, eastern Strait of Juan De Fuca and southern Puget Sound (Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5, 6 and 13, excluding Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open daily and will close when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.

San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7 East, South and West): Open May 7-10, May 21-24 and May 28-31. In Marine Area 7 West only, the season will be open daily beginning June 1 until the quota is reached or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.

Eastside of Whidbey Island, northern Puget Sound and central Puget Sound (Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7.

South-central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7 and 10.

In areas 4, 5, 6, 7 (East, South and West) and 13, start times will be one hour before sunrise.

For more information, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/mar2814d/.

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