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Prince William Sound Personal Use Shrimp Fishery
Permits & Regulations

North Gulf Coast and Prince William Sound Personal Use Shrimp Fisheries

These fisheries are managed by emergency order, the fisheries may not open or may close at any time, or the bag limits may be reduced at any time.  Always check your local ADF&G office before going shrimping.

Remember, bag, possession, and pot limits for shellfish allowed under personal use MAY NOT be added to bag, possession, and pot limits under sport or subsistence fishing regulations.

A different permit is required for each of these fisheries, permits may be obtained from ADF&G offices in:

Anchorage       (Both Areas)
Fairbanks         (PWS Only)
Cordova          (PWS Only)
Homer            (North Gulf Coast Only)

Shrimp may only be taken from April 15 through September 15;

There are no bag, possession, or size limits.

No more than 5 pots per person or per vessel may be fished.

All bouys must be marked with the fisherman’s first initial, last name, home address, and vessel name or DMV registration number.  Pots may be longlined, but at least one bouy on the longline must be marked with the fisherman’s first initial, last name, home address, and vessel name or DMV registration number.

All shrimp pots must have at least two adjacent vertical sides, or near-vertical sides, excluding tunnels, completely composed of uncovered net webbing or rigid mesh.  Pots that do not have a definable side, including round pots, must have net webbing or rigid mesh panels covering a minimum of 50 percent of the vertical, or near-vertical, surface area of the pot.  The net webbing or rigid mesh on all pots must be large enough to allow the unaided passage of a maximum 12-inch long, seven-eighths inch diameter, round wooden peg without deforming the opening, except for the selvage.

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