Scene in Edmonds: Long live the shrimp

“Do the shrimp have a chance?” photographer Bob Mazelow asked Thursday. “This greeted me this morning as hundreds of anglers were after shrimp. The season is open one day for eight hours. Good luck shrimp!” The photo was taken from Wharf Street, with the north end of Whidbey island in the background.

  1. I think natives get half of the allotted catch followed buy the commercial who get like 40% and the sportsman gets what is left one day for 8 hours. If we are lucky they might have a little quota left over and give us another day. The sportsman puts a lot of money into the economy and as usual we only get the scraps.

  2. Are the local Shrimp very tasty here? Are they large jumbo good shrimp? Just curious. Do they use nets out there? I know maybe silly questions but I love to know things about what I see. I say run Shrimp Run haha.
    I think it is good but I have never seen such a short season for fishing. One day 8 hours wow. Well that is probably good. Just amazed.
    Do they live in these waters here all of the time? Or do they just pass thru? Do they hang around the fishing pier and do they get into nets etc that are lowered? Again just curious. I like to walk the pier and talk to the fishing folks and see things. Its been a while since I have but I will again.

    1. Deborah yes the shrimp taste good what they are catching are called spot shrimp they are local about mid sized and are found down deep 200 to 400 feet and are caught in pots similar to crab pots.

    2. These fishermen are fishing for spot prawn. They are unique to the west coast and are more in line with texture and flavor to lobster than to a traditional prawn. Their habitat is approx. 200ft down and they are bottom feeders like most crustaceans. They are not a migratory animal to answer that question. Fishing consists of baiting pots and then dropping them to the correct depth. The smellier the bait the better. I have used cat food covered in a special attracting oil. The prawns enter through an opening to feed and then cannot get out. The pot of course is attached to a line that is then attached to a yellow (it has to be yellow unless you are a native fisherman) with your information. That helps with retrieving but also with illegal fishing or derelict pots. You might be wondering what happens if you cannot pull your pot or loose it; what happen to the animals inside? It is law that the pots have a rotting line that will eventually disintegrate and then open the trap door to allow them to escape. This is all highly regulated of course. The maximum per person limit is 80 per day. Everyone on the boat needs a license and the prawns need to be separated by fisherman when disembarking in the event WDFW ranger stops you. These are considered a delicacy and if you have an opportunity to try one, please do. Caution now for squeamish folks: you need to remove the head of the shrimp before they die or spot prawns will release a chemical to ruin the texture of the meet you eat. It is not harmful to you to consume, but is not appetizing. You do this on the boat usually, and need gloves because their natural instinct is to try to attack you with the barb on the back of their tails (ask me how I know). You can also devein in on step as well. Hope this is helpful.

  3. Iā€™m with Deborah! Inquiring minds want to know and learn. Can someone please answer her questions?

  4. These spot shrimp are excellent eating and a vital part of the Salish Sea food chain. That’s why they are so regulated. I’ve only fished for them a couple times with a friend but I can tell you it takes a considerable amount of money in equipment, physical effort at times and skill to harvest them at the depths where they live. Last year we observed a boat get boarded by the Fish Cops and ticketed for jumping the starting time by about 15 minutes. Apparently someone reported them or they were actually observed by the police, as the police showed up right at the time it was legal to drop our pots. I have a great deal of respect for our WDFW game wardens. I’ve been contacted three times while fishing and crabbing by them but never ticketed, which is a little unusual as they usually know before they make actual contact that they are probably dealing with an infraction. On one stop they checked my license and went thru all my rigged gear looking for illegal hooks and lures. There were three cops and the lead guy looked real disappointed when he couldn’t find an infraction. I think it might have been a training situation.

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