Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spot shrimp, round two!

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Cordova today issued the following announcement:

April 22, 2010

Prince William Sound commercial shrimp season, second period

The first fishing period of the Prince William Sound Area E commercial shrimp pot fishery closed on April 18 and produced a harvest of approximately 13,000 pounds from 109 landings by 68 vessels.

Gale-force winds during the fishing period affected participation in the fishery as well as fishery performance. Therefore, a second commercial shrimp pot fishing period will open at 8 a.m. April 24 and close at 8 p.m. April 29.

The hours that fishing gear can be operated is also increased to 12 hours per day. Shrimp pot gear may only be deployed and retrieved from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

The maximum number of shrimp pots that may be operated from a vessel remains at 20.

More information here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Around $4 per pound, at close to 200 pounds per boat, gets us to $800 per boat ex-vessel, minus expenses (fuel, crew fees)...

And can you tell us why we are opening up this fishery again?

Cause it certainly doesn't appear to pencil out economically.

But that shouldn't be surprising, cause a lot of what is allocated in this state in terms of commercial fishing doesn't pencil out but we open them up any way, just cause.

20 pots at $80 bucks = $1,600 investment on pots, not including all the other gear...