ADF&G extends shrimp pot fishery

State fisheries biologists have extended the second period of the Prince William Sound commercial shrimp pot fishery to Sept. 15, after noting effort decreased when that period opened on May 1.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff said they would be closely monitoring that second period harvest through call-in reports and fish tickets.

Gear limits for the second period remain at a maximum of 25 shrimp pots per vessel, and the hours of gear operation in Area 2 are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants are reminded that only 50% of the guideline harvest level (GHL) may be harvested in any one statistical area, and to monitor advisory announcements for potential statistical area closures.

The fishery’s first period opened on April 15, with a GHL of 63,100 pounds, and closed at 8 p.m. on April 24. The preliminary estimated harvest from call-in is approximately 26,500 pounds of whole shrimp harvested by 65 vessels. ADF&G estimated the effort was 17,700 pot lifts with an average catch per unit effort (CPUE) of 1.5 pounds of whole shrimp per pot.

Participating harvesters are reminded to call the reporting line with pre-trip and landing reports at 907-226-3474 so ADF&G can monitor harvest. Information to be reported is detailed in the registration packet that all registrants received. ADF&G noted that reporting requirements must be followed exactly, and that enforcement action will result for those not in compliance.