The state will close commercial and sport shrimp fishing in Juneau on July 1. The commercial shrimp fishery will be closed for three years. Sport and personal use shrimp fishing will be closed until further notice.
In a press release, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the closure will affect all waters in Section 11-a, which extends from Little Island Light, through Stephens Passage and down to Pt. Bishop and Pt. Arden.
The release said that the closure is necessary to rebuild shrimp stock because declining commercial fishery catches indicated low abundance in the area.
Daniel Teske at the Division of Sport Fisheries said that this is the first time that shrimp fishing in Section 11-a had been closed.