If you read the justification in the EO that gave more pots, you will see that f&g is just trying to provide the noncommercial user the ability to harvest their allocation. Based upon past effort, the noncommercial harvest would not be able to harvest the full allocation with only 5 pots. The commercial fleet will be allowed additional openers until they reach their allocation and rightfully so. Why should it be any different for the noncommercial user? History shows that when one user group continually fails to take all they are allotted, then the other group will want what's left over.
Originally Posted by potbuilder
At the statewide Board of Fish Shellfish meeting in March of 2009 the Board of Fish ruled that when a harvestable surplus of 110,000 pounds of spot shrimp are estimated in Prince William Sound a commercial pot shrimp fishery will open. The Board further ruled that the oncommercial (sport, personal use, and subsistence) shrimp fisheries would be allocated 60% of this estimated harvestable surplus.
ADF&G has estimated a harvestable surplus of 137,200 pounds of spot shrimp for the 2010 season. With the designated allocation of 60%, there are 82,200 pounds of shrimp eligible to be harvested by the non-commercial pot shrimp fisheries. Provisions in the Prince William Sound non-commercial management plan 5 AAC 55.055 (c) allow the department to liberalize the amount of gear used to achieve the allocated harvest. In 2009 the non-commercial pot shrimp fisheries harvested an estimated 52,400 pounds of shrimp with the limit of 5 pots per person with a maximum of 5 pots per vessel.