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    Thanks for the post, I just built a new five string. Looks like I will have a spare pot lying around. I bet they are going to catch a lot of people with five on opening day.

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    Shucks potbuilder, I was going to stop by next week and replace a pot I lost last summer, now I need to redo my pot lines. Question is 2 on a string or 4 on a string?

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    2 2 pot lines is what i think most guys will go with. Just use 1 pot less on a 3 pot line.

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    I wonder why??? They said we had plenty for a commercial harvest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    I wonder why??? They said we had plenty for a commercial harvest.
    That's why

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    So glad I just bought 5 new pots and rigged out for a 2 and 3 pot string. No biggie--guess I'll be covered if I lose one. So used to doing two separate strings--this year may swap to a single once zeroing in on them.
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    Wont be long and it will be commercial only. Got to make sure to keep them guys happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyin 1 On View Post
    Wont be long and it will be commercial only. Got to make sure to keep them guys happy
    Yes, that's what it's all about. The rec shrimp fishery in the sound is so limited, hardly any rec guys get a chance to catch a shrimp because of the huge commercial operation in the sound.

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    The release says 4 pots, however the link in the release that is supposed to take you to the new permit page says its still 5 pots, and they don't have the permit linked yet. Typical... Hope they fix it, it would be nice to print the permit online instead of running to F&G for it.

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    "the huge commercial operation in the sound."

    now thats funny !!!

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    Your right about that lots of people switching over. They got me and a bunch of guys around here all on board now with the commercial permits. It wont be long that will be the majority. They got a 60/40 share split now, wont be long that will be 50/50 or even more toward commercial. It's all about small suttle changes over a long period of time.
    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    Yes, that's what it's all about. The rec shrimp fishery in the sound is so limited, hardly any rec guys get a chance to catch a shrimp because of the huge commercial operation in the sound.

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    what will it take to become A commercial shrimper ?????? any one knows SId

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    I can't believe how big that commercial fishery is, sure is crazy!! The sound IMO is just too small for both and I can see the way it is going. It's already been fished out before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronster View Post
    The release says 4 pots, however the link in the release that is supposed to take you to the new permit page says its still 5 pots, and they don't have the permit linked yet. Typical... Hope they fix it, it would be nice to print the permit online instead of running to F&G for it.
    The page for the permits and regulations states that it is managed by Emergency Order with a link to that page. The main permits and regulations page does still say 5 pots, but the emergency orders supersede the basic regulations, so the EO is the governing document. I could see how it could be confusing if people don't think to check the EO's before heading out though. It will help to spread the word.

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    About time. This is still not enough IMO. More enforcement and less overall time in the season is going to be necessary. Their harvest numbers are not accurate and this EO is going to make their numbers worse IMO for some will not properly report. I would pay 25$ for a shrimp permit if it would put some additional enforcement out on the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    About time. This is still not enough IMO. More enforcement and less overall time in the season is going to be necessary. Their harvest numbers are not accurate and this EO is going to make their numbers worse IMO for some will not properly report. I would pay 25$ for a shrimp permit if it would put some additional enforcement out on the water.
    With an area the size of PWS, additional enforcement would be useless. Daylight hours from 5ish to say 11 p.m. It is an impossible task to control. I know one F&G officer that finally got out a month latter than usual due to budget fuel cuts last year. With more cuts this year it is not going to get any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyin 1 On View Post
    I can't believe how big that commercial fishery is, sure is crazy!! The sound IMO is just too small for both and I can see the way it is going. It's already been fished out before
    It wasn't too long ago when we could have 8 pots per boat in the rec fishery, and were filling coolers full of shrimp in a few short days, taking home WAY more than anyone really needed. Sure was fun and delicious, but really quite unnecessary. I'm happy to still have the opportunity to drop pots and eat like a king for a few days, and happy that some are able to make money shrimping as well - and that I can do that too if I wish. I hope that it stays that way as the balance is really best for everyone, IMO.

    FTR, a reduction in the number of pots is really the only tool available to ADFG to try and keep the Rec fishery under their quota - 60% of the total allowable harvest (which has been lowered due to decreased population estimates). If there were inseason reporting for this fishery, ADFG could simply close the rec fishery once the quota had been reached, as they do in the commercial fishery. But their is no inseason reporting, and nothing to keep the rec fishery from again exceeding its harvest quota.

    So if you want to fish more pots, talk ADFG into some inseason reporting (or daily limits). That way they could simply close the fishery once the quota has been harvested. Or you can register as a commercial boat, travel 40 miles to drop your pots, get boarded by the coast guard, inspected as a commercial vessel, and likely escorted back to Whittier...

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    I really wouldnt mind if it went to just one pot per vessel, just as long as I could still do it. I think the 8 pot was over board and I can just see the way its going, its gonna be closed for the sport fishin in the future. Like I said just too small of an area for both parties to sustain a good population.

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