2nd PWS shrimp pot fishery opens May 10

Side stripe shrimp, second only to prawns in size, caught by Kinsey Justa and Ezekiel Brown, fresh from Prince William Sound. Photo courtesy of Kinsey Justa

A second Prince William Sound shrimp pot season opens Monday, May 10 in commercial fishing area 3, with a gear limit of 30 shrimp pots per vessel, and will close on May 20.

Hours of gear operation remain at 8 a.m.-8 p.m. only.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials reminded participating fishermen to call the reporting line with pre-trip and landing reports at 907-226-3474 in order for ADF&G to monitor the harvest.

The first period of Prince William Sound commercial shrimp pot season opened on April 15 with a guideline harvest level of 70,000 pounds and closed on April 28. The preliminary estimated harvest from fish tickets is approximately 20,000 pounds of whole shrimp harvested by 57 vessels.

The estimated effort was 17,900 pot lifts with an average catch per unit effort of 1.1 pounds of whole shrimp per pot.