Commercial shrimp fishermen frustrated with change to May season
February 8, 2023
The 2023 commercial pot shrimp fishery in Southeast Alaska will open May 15. Fishermen targeting pot shrimp missed out on their usual October opener last year following a season change set by the Alaska Board of Fish.
Fishermen expressed frustration over the season change during a preseason meeting held Feb. 1 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. About 70 people from across Southeast attended the Zoom meeting to review the department’s shrimp surveys and catch-limit estimates.
In previous years, the pot shrimp season ran from Oct. 1 until end of February. During its March 2022 meeti...