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SHRIMPING IN MARINE AREA 6 TO INCREASE TO 7 DAYS PER WEEK & 12O LIMIT

posted by Mike on 07/12/2019

Majority of Marine Area 6 opening to recreational shrimp fishing 7 days per week with an increased limit

Action: This opens Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) seven days a week for shrimp harvest. Harvest days are currently restricted to Thursday through Sunday each week. Additionally, the daily limit in this area only is being increased to 120 shrimp per person.

Effective date: July 15, 2019.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District).

Reason for action: Additional opportunity for harvest is being added to take the target share of spot shrimp in this area.

Additional information: Some marine areas including 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, and 6 (outside the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) remain open for spot shrimp fishing 7 days per week.  Marine Area 7 West remains open for spot shrimp fishing 4 days per week. Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Information contact: Don Velasquez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist. 425-775-1311, ext. 112. 

TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS OF SHRIMPING FOR HOOD CANAL

posted by Mike on 07/10/2019

Hood Canal to get two additional days for recreational shrimp fishing

Action: Opens Marine Area 12 for two more days of recreational spot shrimp harvest.

Effective date: July 23, 2019 and July 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal).

Reason for action: The target share for recreational spot shrimp has not been taken in this area. Additional days of fishing are being added to take the target share of spot shrimp.

Additional information: Some marine areas, including 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 (outside the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) and 7 West remain open for spot shrimp fishing. Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Information contact: Don Velasquez, fish and wildlife biologist, 425-775-1311, ext. 112.

TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS OF SHRIMPING IN 7 SOUTH & 7 EAST

posted by Mike on 06/19/2019

Shrimp areas 7 South and 7 East to get two additional days for recreational shrimp fishing

Action: This opens Marine Areas 7 South and 7 East for two more days of recreational spot shrimp harvest.

Effective date: June 26 and June 27, 2019.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 7.

Reason for action: The target share for recreational spot shrimp has not been taken in these areas. Additional days of fishing are being added to take the target State share of spot shrimp.

Additional information: Some marine areas including 4, 5, 6 (outside the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) and 7 West remain open for spot shrimp fishing. Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Information contacts: Don Velasquez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist. (425) 775-1311 ext. 112. Don Rothaus, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, (425) 775-1311 ext. 126.

TWO MORE DAYS OF SHRIMPING IN HOOD CANAL

posted by Mike on 06/07/2019

Hood Canal shrimp fishery to open for two additional days 

OLYMPIA - Recreational shrimp fishers will get two more consecutive days to harvest spot shrimp in Hood Canal, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) will open to recreational shrimp fishing on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Four days of harvest earlier this year have not taken the target share of spot shrimp, said Don Velasquez, WDFW shellfish biologist.

“This is a rare opportunity for shrimp harvesters to enjoy back-to-back days on Hood Canal in June,” Velasquez said. “It’s a beautiful part of Washington to experience while shrimping.”

Velasquez noted that the northern and southern areas of Hood Canal have yielded the best catches this season. Catch rates in the central section of Hood Canal have been weak when compared to historic averages.

Boaters are encouraged to launch well in advance of the start to ensure they are ready to deploy traps at noon each day. Low tide occurs in the middle of the fishing period on both days, so shrimpers will need to plan accordingly.

Other areas currently open for spot shrimp harvest include Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Area 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca) which are open seven days a week. Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) and Marina Area 7 West are open Thursday through Sunday each week until the target shares of quotas are attained. 

More information on the seasons and rules for spot shrimp and non-spot shrimp is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/shrimp/areas.

TWO MORE DAYS OF SPOT SHRIMP FISHING FOR HOOD CANAL

posted by Mike on 08/16/2018

Hood Canal shrimp fishery to open for two more days

OLYMPIA – Recreational shrimp fishers will get two consecutive days to harvest spot shrimp on Hood Canal, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) will open to recreational shrimp fishing from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 22. In addition, the daily catch limit will be increased to 100 shrimp per person from the typical 80 shrimp per person for these two days in Hood Canal.

Earlier this summer, the Hood Canal area was open for seven days for recreational harvest but roughly 19,000 pounds of quota remain, said Don Rothaus, WDFW shellfish biologist.

“This is a great opportunity for shrimp harvesters to enjoy some time on the water,” Rothaus said. “We don’t typically get many late-season openings in Hood Canal like this.”

Rothaus noted that the northern and southern areas of Hood Canal have yielded the best catches this season. The central section of the canal hasn’t been as productive as in previous seasons.

The only Puget Sound waters currently open to spot shrimp harvest are Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Area 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca).

More information on the seasons and rules for spot shrimp and non-spot shrimp is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

 

SHRIMP FISHING TO CLOSE IN AREA 7 WEST & AREA 6

posted by Mike on 07/03/2018

 

Marine Area 6 to close for spot shrimp fishing;
Area 7-West to close for all shrimp fishing

Action:  Recreational fishing for all shrimp species will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, in Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel, Stuart and Waldron islands).

Recreational fishing for spot shrimp will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, in Marine Area 6 (Port Angeles Harbor, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), but it will remain open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing in waters 200 feet or less.

Effective date:  9 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp in Marine Area 7 West; sport shrimp in Marine Area 6 (excluding Discovery Bay shrimp district).

Location:  West Marine Area 7 and Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay shrimp district).

Reason for action:  The target share for recreational spot shrimp quota has been taken in these two areas.

Other information: Only Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) and 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca) remain open for spot shrimp fishing. 

Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Contact:  Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

 

ADDITIONAL SHRIMP DAY FOR HOOD CANAL

posted by Mike on 06/14/2018

Hood Canal to reopen for one more day of shrimp fishing

Action:  Recreational shrimp fishing will reopen for one more day.

Effective date:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Species affected: All shrimp species, including spot shrimp.

Location:  Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action:  Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. 

Additional information:  Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Contact:  Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

 

SPOT SHRIMP LIMIT INCREASES TO 120 IN MARINE AREA 6 & COON STRIPE & PINK SHRIMP OPEN JUNE 1ST IN MANY AREAS

posted by Mike on 05/30/2018

Shrimp daily limit to increase in Marine Area 6;
non-spot shrimping to reopen in several Puget Sound areas

Action: Beginning June 1, various actions take effect in Puget Sound shrimp fisheries, including:

Marine Area 6: The daily bag limit is increasing to 120 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) in Marine Area 6 beginning on June 1, 2018. Open daily.

Marine Area 7 East: Reopens for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing (only) with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11: Reopen for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing (only), with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Marine Area 13: Reopens for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing (only) with a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2018.

Species affected: All species for Marine Area 6. Coonstripe and pink shrimp for marine areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13.

Location: Marine Areas 6 (only) for the daily bag limit increase. Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 for the coonstripe and pink shrimp reopening.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational quota is available in Marine Area 6 for increasing the daily bag limit on a trial basis. Although the spot shrimp quotas have been reached in Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13, there is sufficient non-spot quota available to reopen for those shrimp species.

Other information: Marine Area 10 and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District are closed for the season. For more information about shrimp fisheries, visit WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

Contact: Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

 

MARINE AREA 7 WEST CLOSING TO SHRIMP FISHING

posted by Mike on 07/12/2017

Marine Area 7 West closing to shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 7 West, which is located in the western San Juan Islands, is closing to recreational shrimp fishing.

Effective date:  At 9 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel Stuart and Waldron Islands).

Reason for action: State shellfish managers estimate the recreational spot shrimp quota in this area will be reached.

Other information:  Marine Areas 4, 5 and 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) remain open to fishing for all shrimp species (including spot shrimp).

Contact:  Mark O探oole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.

ONE MORE DAY OF SHRIMPING FOR HOOD CANAL ON JULY 19TH

posted by Mike on 06/23/2017

Hood Canal to reopen for one more day of shrimp fishing

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one more day in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Species affected: All shrimp species, including spot shrimp.

Location: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. 

Other information: The daily limit is 80 shrimp in Hood Canal.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.

ADDITIONAL DAY OF SHRIMPING FOR HOOD CANAL - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH

posted by Mike on 06/08/2017

Hood Canal to reopen for one more day of shrimp fishing

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one more day in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing.

Other information: The daily limit is 80 shrimp in Hood Canal.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.

ONE MORE ADDITIONAL SHRIMP DAY FOR HOOD CANAL

posted by Mike on 05/24/2017

Hood Canal to reopen for one more Saturday of shrimp fishing        

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Saturday, June 3) in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Effective date:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action:  Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. 

Other information: Several other marine areas will reopen for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing only on June 1.

Contact:  Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

SPOT SHIMP LIMITS TO INCREASE IN MARINE AREA 6 & 7 WEST

posted by Mike on 05/24/2017

Shrimp daily limit to increase in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West;
non-spot shrimping to reopen in several Puget Sound areas

Action:  The daily bag limit is increasing to 120 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West beginning on June 1. Open daily.

In addition, on June 1, Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; and Marine Area 13 is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date:  June 1, 2017.

Species affected:  All species for Marine Area 6 and 7 West. Coonstripe and pink shrimp for Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13.

Location:  Marine Areas 6 and 7 West (only) for the daily bag limit increase. Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 for the coonstripe and pink shrimp reopening.

Reason for action:  Sufficient recreational quota is available in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West for raising the daily bag limit on a trial basis. Although the spot shrimp quotas have been reached in Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13, there is sufficient non-spot quota available to reopen for those shrimp species. 

Other information:  Marine Area 10 and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District are closed for the season.

Contact:  Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

LAST DAY OF SPOT SHRIMP FOR MARINE AREA 8-1,8-2 & 9 - MAY 17TH

posted by Mike on 05/15/2017

If you are wanting to get a few more spot shrimp for the table the deadline is closing in. Wedmesday May 17th will be the last day to fish spot shrimp in Marine area 8-1, 8-2 & 9. The areas will be open from 7am - 3 pm. The limit is 80 shrimp per license. Four pot limit per boat.

Shrimpers on the last opener overall did well, though many had to work hard. Most did best fishing in the 200' - 270' zone. Make sure to use plenty of bait with plenty of scent.

If you do miss this opener there are areas in the San Juans. Straits and Hood Canal that will have additional fishing days. Consult WDFW online regulations.

Tags: Spot Shrimp

MARINE AREA 6 CLOSING TO SPOT SHRIMP FISHING

posted by Mike on 08/09/2016

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

August 9, 2016

Marine Area 6 closing to spot shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) is closing to recreational spot shrimp fishing. 

Effective date: Sunday, Aug.14, 2016, at 9 p.m.

Species affected: Spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), which is located in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Reason for action:  The recreational spot shrimp quota in this area will be reached.   

Other information: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) will remain open to coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200 foot maximum fishing depth restriction. It is unlawful to possess spot shrimp, and all spot shrimp must be returned to the water immediately.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

MARINE AREA 7 SOUTH REOPENS FOR SPOT SHRIMP

posted by Mike on 07/05/2016

Marine Area 7 South reopening for 8 days of spot shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 7 South is reopening for eight days of recreational shrimp fishing. 

Effective date:  Saturday, July 9, 2016, through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Marine Area 7 South: This area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in this area for eight more days of fishing.   

Other information:  The Marine Area 7 South daily bag limit will be 160 shrimp, similar to the current bag limits in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West. Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field prior to coming ashore.

INCREASED SPOT SHRIMP LIMITS IN MARINE AREA 6 & 7 EAST

posted by Mike on 05/31/2016

Daily limit increase in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West; non-spot shrimp fishing reopening in several areas of Puget Sound

 

Action: The daily bag limit is increasing to 160 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West. Open daily.

In addition, Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. And Marine Area 13 is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2016.

Species affected: All shrimp species.

Location: Marine Areas 6 and 7 West (only) for the daily bag limit increase. Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 for the coonstripe and pink shrimp reopening.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational quota remains in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West for raising the daily bag limit on a trial basis. Although the spot shrimp quotas have been reached in Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 there is sufficient non-spot quota remaining to reopen.

Other information: After May 31 Marine Areas 7 South and 10 are closed for the 2016 season, along with the Hood Canal and Discovery Bay Shrimp Districts (where the last open fishing day was May 30).

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

Puget Sound Shrimp Season To Open Saturday May 14th, 2016

posted by Mike on 01/07/2016

Puget Sound recreational shrimp fishery will open May 14

 

 

OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing in Puget Sound will open Saturday, May 14 – one week later than usual, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Shellfish managers are delaying the popular shrimp fishery until May 14 due to the extremely low tides that are expected to occur midday on the first Saturday in May, which traditionally marks the start of the season throughout Puget Sound.

Low tides of this magnitude will render many boat ramps around Puget Sound unusable for several hours and create poor shrimping conditions, said Mark O’Toole, shellfish biologist for WDFW.

“We’re pushing the season opener to May 14 to allow shrimpers to get the most out of the limited number of days that many marine areas, including Hood Canal, are open each year,” O’Toole said.

WDFW is announcing this change now to give shrimp fishers time to adjust motel or moorage reservations and vacation requests to the second weekend of May, he said.

In past years, the department has adjusted shrimp fishing days later in the season to avoid significantly low tides, but not the season opening date. After 2016, there will not be another extreme low tide on the first Saturday in May until 2021.

WDFW will wait to announce the remainder of the shrimp fishing dates for each marine area until the final 2016 harvest quotas have been determined, likely sometime in February.

“In general, we expect shrimping opportunities in most marine areas to be similar to last year,” O’Toole said.

For the latest information on sport shrimp seasons, or for a description of marine areas, visit WDFW’s recreational shrimp fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/

Spot Shrimp Fishing To Close In Marine Areas 4,5,6 and 7 West

posted by Mike on 09/12/2015

 

 

 

Spot shrimp fishing closing in Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West

 

 

Action: Spot shrimp fishing is closing for the season in Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6, and 7 West.

Effective date: Sept. 15, 2015, at 9:00 p.m.

Species affected: Spot Shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6, and 7 West.

Reason for action: To protect female spot shrimp during the onset of the egg-bearing period.

Other information: Marine Areas 4, 5 and 6 will remain open daily until Oct.15 for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing (Marine Area 6 will have a 200 foot maximum fishing depth restriction between Sept.15 and Oct.15). Marine Area 7 West will close completely for all shrimp species on Sept.15. All other Puget Sound Marine Areas are already closed to spot shrimp fishing.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

Additional Spot Shrimp Fishing Day For Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2, June 24th 2015

posted by Mike on 05/30/2015

 

 

 

Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 re-opening for one day of spot shrimp fishing

 

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Effective date: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wed. June 24, 2015.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Reason for action: In Marine Area 8-1 and 8-2 insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening has been modified to take the small amount of remaining quota. This is an experimental opening to determine if smaller amounts of quota can be targeted and harvested by the recreational fishery.

Other information: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-1 will be closed to all shrimp fishing on Wednesday, June 24 except during the 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time period. All non-spot fishing gear must be removed from the area by Tuesday evening, June 23, and can be reset on Thursday, June 25.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

 

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