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Gordon
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After much Covid 19 delay….

https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/recreational-spot-shri...


Fishnut
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Recreational spot shrimp fishery scheduled to open May 28 in some Puget Sound areas, June 11 in others

OLYMPIA – Some areas in Puget Sound are scheduled to open for recreational spot shrimp fishing on May 28, while other areas within central Puget Sound and Hood Canal are scheduled to open June 11 under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The process of finalizing dates this year has taken longer than usual due to COVID-19 related challenges and public health considerations, said Don Velasquez, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.

“It took a lot of coordination, but we are happy to have found a way to work with communities to offer shrimp fishing and the peace of mind that comes with a day outside on the water,” said Velasquez.

The dates approved reflect a conscious effort to offer opportunities to harvest while still abiding by public health recommendations, such as keeping participants distributed, allowing physical distancing, limiting travel and discouraging overnight stays, he added.

WDFW is asking for cooperation from shrimp fishers to reduce risk.  “Patience and courtesy will be needed at boat ramps and launches,” said Velasquez. “Shrimp fishers should allow extra time for launching their boats to adhere to health authorities’ advice for physical distancing.”

All shrimp — including spot, dock, coonstripe, and pink shrimp — can be kept as part of the daily limit. However, because only larger mesh (1 inch) traps are allowed during these seasons, most harvest will be spot shrimp, said Velasquez. Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length.

2020 Puget Sound recreational spot shrimp seasons are as follows:

Marine Area 4 remains closed Marine Area 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca): Open daily beginning May 28, daylight hours. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is met. Marine Area 6 (Port Angeles Harbor, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open May 28, June 1-13 (daily), and then Thursdays through Sundays each week beginning June 18 until quota is met. Daylight hours. Marine Area 6 (Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11, 15 and 28. Marine Area 7 South (Iceberg Point, Point Colville, Biz Point, Salmon Bank): Open May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28 and 30. Daylight hours. Marine Area 7 East (northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia islands, Strait of Georgia): Open May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28 and 30. Daylight hours. Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Speiden Channel, Stuart and Waldron islands): Open May 28, June 1-13 (daily), and then Thursdays through Sundays each week beginning June 18 until quota is met. Daylight hours. Marine Areas 8-1 (Saratoga Passage, Deception Pass) and 8-2 (Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11. Marine Area 9 (Edmonds, Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11. Marine Area 10 (Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 east of a line from West Point to Alki Point). Marine Area 10 (outside Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 11 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 west of a line from West Point to Alki Point, which includes the Bainbridge Island shrimp fishing grounds). Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11. Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal Shrimp District): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11, 15, 26, 28 and July 15, 28. Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet): Closed for spot shrimp harvest this season due to low abundance.

Additional dates and times may be announced if enough quota remains after the initial fishing days listed above.

Fishnut
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The shrimp seasons were once again trumped by upper management for the Strait and San Juans. I went to move my 5th Wheel in Westport on Friday so my buddy could get his behind mine. I ended up on the phone and texting all day long as we were trying to make sure that the proper season setting public announcement came out in a meaningful way. We had been working the shrimp and halibut since the end of April, under Covid-19 to get them open. We were hard to make sure that we got a good fishery. I would say Gordon and I are the main WDFW advisors for the Strait and we have put in countless hours training the new biologist since she started including bring and getting her in touch with past shrimp managers to get her up to speed. It has been nothing short of a fiasco. Same thing happened last year.

So needless today that I had my hands full with every WDFW upper manager, all of the way to the director. We had a great season set and ready to go but WDFW temp shellfish lead. What they came up with was way different than the last agreed to season. Long story short they are going to let us work with them this week. We will push for expanded limits immediate start.

Right now go with the latest announcement.

bushmanj85
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Ron, thank you for fighting for this opener! I cant imagine the kind of shit show that goes on every year behind closed doors just to get a standard opener, let alone one during COVID. Im heading to the store right now to get pellets so I can go shrimp discovery bay now. Really hoping we get more than 3 days in the shrimp district. We got quite a few more last year, but ill take what we can get and just play hooky from work on those days. Again thank you for helping us get this open.