Recreational shrimp fisheries for all shrimp including spot shrimp will open in many Marine Areas

April 13, 2022

Action: Recreational shrimp seasons will open for all shrimp including spot shrimp in Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5, 6, 7 East, 7 South, 7 West, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, and 12 according to the schedule below.

Effective dates by area:

Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and 5: Open May 25 each day until further notice for all shrimp species. Daylight hours only.

Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open May 25 through 28, June 9 through 11, June 23 through 25, July 7 through 9, and July 21 through 23 for all shrimp species. Daylight hours only.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District: Open May 25 from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. for all shrimp species.

Marine Areas 7 South and 7 East: Open May 25 through 28 and June 9 through 11 for all shrimp species. Daylight hours only.

Marine Area 7 West: Open May 25 through 28, June 9 through 11, June 23 through 25, and July 7 through 9 for all shrimp species. Daylight hours only.

Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2:

Open May 25 and June 9 from 8:00 a.m. through noon for all shrimp species.

Divers may take shrimp by hand or hand-held device from 7:00 p.m. until midnight on May 25 and June 9 in Marine Area 8-2.

Marine Area 9: Open May 25 from 8:00 a.m. through noon for all shrimp species.

Marine Area 10 west of a line from West Point to Alki Point: Open May 25 from 8:00 a.m. through noon for all shrimp species.

Marine Area 11: Open May 25 from 8:00 a.m. through noon for all shrimp species.

Marine Area 12: Open May 25, May 28, June 9, and June 23 from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. for all shrimp species.

Species affected: All shrimp species which include spot shrimp, coonstripe shrimp, dock shrimp, pink shrimp, and sidestripe shrimp.

Locations: Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5, 6, 7 East, 7 South, 7 West, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Reason for action: To harvest recreational shrimp (primarily spot shrimp) consistent with State/Tribal management agreements.

Additional information: The daily limit is 80 spot shrimp; with a total daily weight limit of 10 pounds (whole shrimp) all species combined. If any non-spot shrimp are being retained, the heads of all shrimp must be retained in the field until ashore and finished fishing for the day. Daylight hours indicates pots can be set and retrieved from 1 hour before official sunrise to 1 hour after official sunset. All traps must be removed from the water during periods when fishing is closed.

Information contact: Donald Velasquez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, (425) 775-1311 Ext. 112.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).