(Released: December 30, 2019 - Expires: December 31, 2020)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Daniel Teske, Area Management Biologist
(Juneau) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the sport and personal use (PU) pot shrimp fisheries in the Juneau area will remain closed until further notice. The closed area consists of all marine waters of Section 11-A (see attached map) north and west of a line extending from a regulatory marker near Point Bishop at 58o 12.32' N. lat., 134o 10.14' W long., to the Coast Guard marker and light on Point Arden at 58o 09.55' N. lat., 134o 10.68' W. long., south of the latitude of Little Island Light at 58o 32.41' N. lat., and east of a line from Little Island Light to Point Retreat Light.
Due to declining commercial fishery catch per unit of effort (CPUE) indicating low spot shrimp abundance in Section 11-A, the commercial, sport, and personal use fisheries were closed July 1, 2013 to allow the shrimp population in this area to rebuild. Creel census data from 2003–2007 indicated that the PU/sport fishery harvests were approximately equal to commercial harvests during this time. Therefore, closure of all pot fisheries that harvest spot shrimp in this area are necessary to rebuild the population.
The intention of these closures is to allow spot shrimp abundance to rebound to a sustainable level. The department will continue to monitor the Section 11-A shrimp resource. The personal use and sport pot fisheries will remain closed until data indicates spot shrimp abundance can again sustain harvests.
The department has conducted surveys of the area in the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons to gather data on spot shrimp abundance, and there is not a harvestable surplus available.
Sport and personal use pot shrimp fishing closed (dark shaded area) in Juneau Section 11-A for 2020.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Daniel Teske at (907) 465-8152.