Puget Sound Recreational Shrimp Fishing Opens May 19

OLYMPIA – Puget Sound will open for recreational spot shrimp fishing beginning May 19, shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.

Coordinating and finalizing dates last year was very challenging as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded; ultimately, participation was notably higher than in past seasons, said Don Velasquez, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.

“The dates selected for the 2021 season reflect anticipated high levels of participation similar to 2020,” Velasquez said.  “With our test surveys indicating healthy populations across most marine areas, we’re pleased to offer a good mix of opportunity throughout Puget Sound this year.”

WDFW is asking shrimp fishers to follow responsible recreation guidelines to provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

“Plan appropriately for the weather conditions, make sure your vessel and equipment are functioning properly, and exercise patience and courtesy at boat ramps and launches,” said Velasquez. “Shrimp fishers also need to keep clear of ferry terminals and routes, particularly in Elliott Bay and at Mukilteo.”

Fishers should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for wearing masks and social distancing in shared public spaces and staying home if they feel sick. Fishers should also check for potential COVID-related closures and restrictions at access sites before heading out.

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