ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES
Denby S. Lloyd, Commissioner
John Hilsinger, Director
Robert Berceli, Fisheries Management Biologist
P.O. Box 669
Cordova, AK. 99574
Phone: (907) 424-3212
Date Issued: April 22, 2010
Fax: (907) 424-3235
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND COMMERCIAL
SHRIMP SEASON SECOND FISHING PERIOD
SEASON, AREA, AND GEAR
The first fishing period of the Prince William Sound (PWS) Area E commercial shrimp pot fishery closed on April 18 and produced a harvest of approximately 13,000 lbs 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 8:00 a.m. April 24, 2010 and close at 8:00 p.m. April 29, 2010. 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. The maximum number of shrimp pots that may be operated from a vessel remains at 20.
Additional logbook forms will be available at ADF&G offices in Anchorage, Homer and Cordova. The department will also attempt to make these available through harbormaster offices in Cordova, Valdez and Whittier.
The area open to commercial fishing includes waters north of 60° 40.00' N. lat. and east of 148° 00.00' W. long., excluding areas closed to commercial shrimping with pot gear as indicated on the map that accompanied the vessel registration. The open harvest area does not include waters of Port Wells and College Fiord.
A vessel operator may not have more than the legal limit of pot gear on board the vessel or in the water at any time. Shrimp pots deployed on a longline with five or more pots, must have a buoy attached to each end of the longline (5AAC 31.226).
After the fishing period or season closure, shrimp pots may be stored in saltwater only if all bait and bait containers have been removed and all doors secured fully open and for no more than 14 days (5AAC 31.052).
Reporting requirements are specified on the registration form. In addition, a vessel operator intending to land shrimp outside of registration area must contact the department (907-424-3212) prior to departing Registration Area E and specify the amount by weight of shrimp on board the vessel. A vessel registered for the fishery may not have shrimp on board the vessel after 72 hours following the closure of the fishing period or season (5 AAC 31.031).
Fishermen are reminded:
1) That shrimp retained for a person’s own use must be recorded on an ADF&G fish ticket.
2) All fish tickets are due within seven days of landing.
3) Shrimp logbook forms must be completed and returned with the fish ticket or by mail ADF&G (P.O. Box 669, Cordova, AK. 99574 or fax 907 424-3235) within 10 days after each landing.
A vessel used to tender shrimp must obtain a registration from the department prior to operating in the fishery. Tenders may not have shrimp gear aboard or be used to fish for shrimp (5 AAC 31.033).
An individual who participated in the Registration Area E commercial shrimp pot fishery may not operate shrimp gear for subsistence, sport, or personal use fishing in PWS during the 14 days immediately following closure of the shrimp season (5AAC 31.053).
BIODEGRADABLE ESCAPE MECHANISM
All shrimp pots must have a biodegradable escape mechanism. Pots constructed with soft mesh must have an opening a minimum of six inches in length that is laced, sewn, or secured together by a single length of untreated, 100 percent cotton twine, no larger than 30 thread, that is knotted at each end only. The opening must be within six inches of the bottom of the pot and must be parallel with it (5 AAC 39.145).
Pots constructed with rigid mesh must have at least one opening in a sidewall of the pot (that may include the tunnel) which is a minimum of four-inches square with its lower edge parallel to, and within six inches of the bottom of the pot. The opening may be covered with a single panel secured to the pot with no more than four single loops of untreated, 100 percent cotton twine no larger than 30 thread; each single loop of cotton twine may contain only one knot and may not be laced along the opening; the panel must be attached to the pot in a manner that when the cotton twine degrades the panel will drop away from the pot exposing the opening completely.
Other regulations pertinent to the fishery are listed in Chapters 31 and 39 of the 2009-2012 Statewide Commercial Shrimp, Dungeness Crab, and Miscellaneous Shellfish Fishing Regulations booklet available at department offices in Anchorage, Cordova, and Homer or at http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/geninfo/regs/cf_regs.php.