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Shrimp Harvesting Regulations in Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean

Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-13 and Marine Area 4 East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line)

  • First Opening Date: Typically occurs in May.
  • Daily Limit:
    • 80 spot shrimp.
    • If retaining non-spot shrimp, all shrimp heads (spot and non-spot) must be retained in the field until ashore and finished fishing for the day.
    • Daily limit of 10 pounds, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 80 spot shrimp if open for spot shrimp).
  • Minimum Mesh Size for Shrimp Pots: 1" mesh (unless the area is closed for spot shrimp but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, then the minimum mesh size is ½").
  • June 1 through October 15:
    • Minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1” mesh, unless area is closed for spot shrimp but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, then minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is ½".
    • In areas closed for spot shrimp but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, all spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Pacific Ocean (Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line)

  • Daily Limit: 25 pounds, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 200 spot shrimp). Shrimp heads may be removed but must be retained while in the field until ashore and finished fishing for the day.
  • Minimum Mesh Size for Shrimp Pots: 1" mesh.

General Rules for All Areas

  • Separate Container Requirement: Each harvester must have a separate container for their catch, either in their possession or identified with their name.
  • Minimum Carapace Size: No minimum carapace size.
  • Shrimp Pot Limit: Maximum of two shrimp pots per person, and no more than four shrimp pots per boat.

Additional Information

  • Discovery Bay Shrimp Area: Waters south of a line from McCurdy Point on the Quimper Peninsula to the northern tip of Protection Island then to Rocky Point on the Miller Peninsula and all waters of Discovery Bay.
  • Season Closures and Restrictions: Prior to harvesting, check the Shellfish Rule Change toll-free Hotline or the WDFW website for season closures and restrictions. See also closures on Marine Preserves, Conservation Areas, and Shellfish Protection Zones.

Season Information for Shrimp Harvesting

Puget Sound and Discovery Bay Shrimp Areas (Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 7 East, 7 South, 7 West, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 12, Discovery Bay Shrimp Area)

  • Species: All species of shrimp.
  • Season: Visit WDFW website or refer to the toll-free shellfish rule change hotline (866) 880-5431 for shrimp season open dates and times. Dates for the upcoming season are typically announced in late March or early April to accommodate co-management obligations, extreme tides, and pre-season test fishing and quota setting.

Marine Areas 7 East, 7 South, and 7 West

  • Species: All species of shrimp.
  • Season: Refer to the WDFW website or the shellfish rule change hotline for season open dates and times.

Marine Area 13

  • Species: All species of shrimp.
  • Season: Closed to spot shrimp harvest in 2023.

Pacific Ocean (Marine Areas 1-3 and 4 West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line)

  • Species: All species of shrimp.
  • Season: Year-round. Open daily.

Note: Pacific Ocean shrimp grounds are typically located a considerable distance from shore (30 miles or more) and may be inaccessible to casual sport fishers.

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