Each year, the Puget Sound is opened to the harvest of Spot Shrimp (also called Spot Prawns). While many Washington shellfish license holders eagerly await the news, they are checking their gear, prepping their boats, and bribing fishing buddies for their secret shrimp bait recipes.
This season is going to be a very good one. With healthy populations of Spot Shrimp in the Puget Sound, and an increased portion of the catch going to recreational shrimpers, we will see more open days than we’ve seen in many years.
2013 Puget Sound Spot Shrimp Season
- Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay) : Open Saturday May 4 & Wednesday May 8; Open 7am-3pm.
- Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett): Open Saturday May 4 & Wednesday May 8; Open 7am-3pm.
- Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Open Saturday May 4 & Wednesday May 8; Open 7am-3pm.
- Marine Area 10 (Bremerton, Seattle): Open Saturday May 4 & Wednesday May 8; Open 7am-3pm.
- Marine Area 11 (Tacoma, Vashon Island): Open Saturday May 4 & Wednesday May 8; Open 7am-3pm.
The state will assess the catches during these days and decide whether an additional day will be available. As always, this information is a helpful guide; I recommend you visit the OFFICIAL WDFW 2013 PUGET SOUND SPOT SHRIMP SEASON NEWS RELEASE.
Puget Sound Spot Shrimp Limits
The daily limit for Puget Sound Spot Shrimp is 80 per person. Get the full regulations at WDFW SHELLFISH REGULATIONS.
More Shrimp for Recreational Shrimpers
This year the WDFW has made some drastic changes to the way they allocate our Spot Shrimp resource to Puget Sound shrimpers. In years’ past, half the allowable non-tribal harvest was allocated to commercial shrimpers and recreational shrimpers received the other half. This year, recreational Puget Sound shrimpers will receive 70 percent of the allowable non-tribal harvest. This will greatly increase the number of days that shrimping is open in the Puget Sound. While the Hood Canal is solely managed for recreational harvest, the San Juan Islands saw sweeping reallocation to recreational harvest as well.
For years, the number of residents that head out to catch this local delicacy has skyrocketed. Since the WDFW tries to keep our resource healthy for future seasons, with more people catching Spot Shrimp every day that shrimping is open, they were forced to limit the number of days during the season to avoid overharvest.