The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday a closure to the sport and personal use shrimp fisheries in Tenakee Inlet beginning Oct. 1
All marine waters of Tenakee Inlet west of the entrance in a line from South Passage Point to East Point.
Fish and Game reports its data indicate shrimp abundance is at a historically low level.
Catch per unit effort in the department’s 2011 annual survey was the lowest ever observed since the surveys began in 2000.
Despite a 2011 commercial shrimp fisheries closure, catch per unit effort has declined further according to preliminary data from 2012.
“The intention of these closures is to allow shrimp abundance to rebound from the current low level,” according to a Sept. 21 Fish and Game release.
Fish and Game plans to continue its annual survey to monitor shrimp abundance in Tenakee Inlet.
Sport and personal use shrimp fisheries will remain closed until shrimp abundance can again sustain harvests.
For more information visit www.adfg.alaska.gov